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|
|4||Sam Houston State (1)||534|
|7||South Dakota State||410|
|19||Eastern Kentucky (1)||188|
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).