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Bison Tabbed Top Team in Preseason Poll PDF Print
Written by Jason Yaman   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:58

For the second straight season, North Dakota State Bison will start the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll. The following programs are ineligible for the Coaches Poll due to their transition to the FBS- Appalachian State, Charlotte, Georgia Southern and Old Dominion. The Bison are coming off back-to-back FCS National Championships in 2011 and 2012, going 28-2 over that stretch with victories over FBS schools Minnesota and Colorado State. North Dakota State defeated Sam Houston State 39-13 in the FCS National Championship to cap a 14-1 campaign in 2012, the second consecutive season in which the two teams met in the title game. The Bison will return 18 starters, including All-American selections Billy Turner at tackle and Marcus Williams at cornerback. The Bison also bring back starting quarterback and 2012 FCS National Championship MVP Brock Jensen who threw for 2,331 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.
NDSU received 23 of 26 first place votes to earn the top spot in the opening poll of the 2013 campaign. Montana State earned the No. 2 preseason ranking and received one first-place vote after finishing 11-2 in 2012. Fellow Big Sky member Eastern Washington is third in the poll, followed by Sam Houston State. Sam Houston State earned a first place vote, as did Eastern Kentucky, which sits at No. 19 in the poll.
Wofford holds down the No. 5 spot, while Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, New Hampshire, Villanova and Illinois State round out the top 10. Six Colonial Athletic Association schools earned a top 25 selection, the most from any conference. The Big Sky and Missouri Valley each placed five teams in the poll. In all, nine conferences had representatives in the preseason poll.
The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.


Preseason 2012 FCS Coaches Preseason Poll  (August 6, 2013)

Team (No. 1 Votes)              2012 Record       Points        Final 2012 Ranking


1. North Dakota State (23)         14-1                  645                   1

2. Montana State (1)                  11-2                  591                   5

3. Eastern Washington               11-3                  549                   4

4. Sam Houston State (1)           11-4                  534                   2

5. Wofford                                9-4                    450                   7

6. Central Arkansas                   9-3                    428                   10

7. South Dakota State               9-4                    410                   17

8. New Hampshire                     8-4                    386                   13

9. Villanova                               8-4                    381                   16

10. Illinois State                         9-4                    379                   9

11. Cal Poly                              9-3                    348                   11

12. Towson                               7-4                    347                   15

13. Stony Brook                        10-3                  326                   12

14. Richmond                            8-3                    274                   18

15. James Madison                   7-4                    235                   21

16. Northern Iowa                      5-6                    218                   NR

17. Lehigh                                 10-1                  198                   14

18. Northern Arizona                  8-2                    196                   20

19. Eastern Kentucky (1)            8-3                    188                   19

20. Bethune-Cookman               9-3                    159                   23

21. Coastal Carolina                  8-5                    140                   24

22. Montana                              6-2*                  135                   NR

23. Eastern Illinois                     7-5                    120                   25

24. Youngstown State               7-4                    107                   NR

25. Chattanooga                        6-5                    104                   NR





Others 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)


* Final 6 games of 2012 vacated

  
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