2013 FCS football top 25 poll topped by North Dakota State

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Bison will begin their quest for a third straight FCS title atop the polls.

The preseason FCS top 25 poll has been released, and two-time defending champion North Dakota State begins the season at the top of the heap. The Bison took 23 of the 26 first place votes, with second-ranked Montana State, fourth-ranked Sam Houston State, and 19th-ranked Eastern Kentucky (I know, what?) claiming the other three votes. North Dakota State opens the season on Aug. 30 at Kansas State.

Here is the full poll:

Rank School (First place votes) Points
1 North Dakota State (23) 645
2 Montana State (1) 591
3 Eastern Washington 549
4 Sam Houston State (1) 534
5 Wofford 450
6 Central Arkansas 428
7 South Dakota State 410
8 New Hampshire 386
9 Villanova 381
10 Illinois State 379
11 Cal Poly 348
12 Towson 347
13 Stony Brook 326
14 Richmond 274
15 James Madison 235
16 Northern Iowa 218
17 Lehigh 198
18 Northern Arizona 196
19 Eastern Kentucky (1) 188
20 Bethune-Cookman 159
21 Coastal Carolina 140
22 Montana 135
23 Eastern Illinois 120
24 Youngstown State 107
25 Chattanooga 104

Also receiving votes: Wagner (87), Colgate (67), Tennessee State (52), Harvard (48), Delaware (47), The Citadel (39), Liberty (39), Arkansas Pine-Bluff (35), Indiana State (27), Stephen F. Austin (19), McNeese State (16), Penn (13), Alcorn State (12), Jacksonville State (11), Samford (10), Norfolk State (7), Alabama State (7), UC Davis (7), Southern Illinois (6), Maine (5), Albany (5), Tennessee Tech (5), UT Martin (4), Gardner Webb (4), Sacramento State (3), Hampton (3), San Diego (2), Jackson State (1), Missouri State (1), Brown (1).

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