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Wofford, Furman ranked in STATS Preseason Top 25
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Release: 08/05/2019
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CHICAGO – Wofford ranks ninth and Furman is No. 19 in the STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 released Monday. Five other Southern Conference programs received votes in the poll.

The Terriers, who went 9-4 overall and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs last season, picked up 2,522 points in the poll. In its first year under head coach Josh Conklin, Wofford went 6-2 in SoCon play to earn a share of its sixth SoCon title. The Terriers, who finished last season ranked No. 13 by STATS, are the preseason picks to win the SoCon by the league’s coaches and media.

Furman, which went 6-4 overall and claimed a share of its league-best 14th SoCon title with a 6-2 league mark, picked up 1,074 points in the STATS preseason poll and enters the season nationally ranked for the second straight year.

ETSU, which finished 22nd in the STATS poll last season, enters this season just outside the rankings as the de facto No. 26. The Bucs, who went 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the SoCon to claim a share of its first title last season, made the FCS playoffs for the first time since 1996. ETSU picked up 323 points in the preseason poll, 90 back No. 25 Montana.

Chattanooga (38 points), The Citadel (seven), Mercer (seven) and Samford (two) also earned votes in the preseason poll.

For STATS's full release, click here.

STATS Preseason Top 25
1. North Dakota State (15-0), 3,971 points (142 first-place votes); Final 2018 Ranking: 1
2. James Madison (9-4), 3,635 (14); Final 2018 Ranking: 9
3. South Dakota State (10-3), 3,631 (1); Final 2018 Ranking: 3
4. Eastern Washington (12-3), 3,594 (3); Final 2018 Ranking: 2
5. UC Davis (10-3), 3,210; Final 2018 Ranking: 7
6. Jacksonville State (9-4), 3,004; Final 2018 Ranking: 10
7. Maine (10-4), 2,891; Final 2018 Ranking: 4
8. Weber State (10-3), 2,827; Final 2018 Ranking: 6
9. Wofford (10-3), 2,522; Final 2018 Ranking: 13
10. Kennesaw State (11-2), 2,361; Final 2018 Ranking: 5
11. Towson (7-5), 2,330; Final 2018 Ranking: 20
12. Nicholls (9-4), 2,156; Final 2018 Ranking: 14
13. Colgate (10-2), 1,892; Final 2018 Ranking: 8
14. Montana State (8-5), 1,866; Final 2018 Ranking: 17
15. Illinois State (6-5), 1,432; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
16. Indiana State (7-4), 1,192; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
17. Southeast Missouri (9-4), 1,166; Final 2018 Ranking: 15
18. Northern Iowa (7-6), 1,136; Final 2018 Ranking: 23
19. Furman (6-4), 1,074; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
20. North Carolina A&T (10-2), 885; Final 2018 Ranking: 12
21. Elon (6-5), 870; Final 2018 Ranking: 19
22. Delaware (7-5), 798; Final 2018 Ranking: 24
23. Sam Houston State (6-5), 564; Final 2018 Ranking: NR
24. Princeton (10-0), 432; Final 2018 Ranking: 11
25. Montana (6-5), 413; Final 2018 Ranking: NR

Others receiving votes: ETSU (8-4) 323, Stony Brook (7-5) 257, Duquesne (9-4) 235, San Diego (9-3) 209, Eastern Kentucky (7-4) 175, Dartmouth (9-1) 149, Central Arkansas (6-5) 125, McNeese (6-5) 110, Monmouth (8-3) 110, IUW (6-5) 108, Alcorn State (9-4) 85, Yale (5-5) 52, New Hampshire (4-7) 42, Chattanooga (6-5) 38, South Dakota (4-7) 27, Northern Arizona (4-6) 16, Lamar (7-5) 14, Villanova (5-6) 14, Richmond (4-7) 8, The Citadel (5-6) 7, Mercer (5-6) 7, Rhode Island (6-5) 7, Abilene Christian (6-5) 6, Southeastern Louisiana (4-7) 6, 5, Idaho State (6-5) 5, Youngstown State (4-7) 4, Southern (7-4) 3, Samford (6-5) 2, North Dakota (6-5) 1, Sacred Heart (7-4) 1, Wagner (4-7) 1, Western Illinois (5-6) 1

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