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FCS Football Coaches Poll

Preseason - Aug. 8, 2017

Defending champion James Madison picked No. 1 in preseason

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Coming off a 2016 season in which it went 14-1 and was crowned national champion, James Madison University was selected first overall in the 2017 FCS preseason coaches poll.

The Dukes received 20 first-place votes, accumulating a total of 642 points, and are led by senior quarterback Bryan Schor. Schor was named the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, throwing for 29 touchdowns with just six interceptions and adding 10 more scores on the ground. Including Schor, JMU returns three All-Americans and 14 starters for the 2017 campaign.

North Dakota State (12-2) was slated to finish second, receiving a pair of first-place votes, while Sam Houston State (12-1) was voted third, totaling three first-place votes.

Eastern Washington and Jacksonville State round out the top five, followed by the final team receiving a first-place vote, South Dakota State, at No. 6.  

Illinois State and Northern Iowa both cracked the preseason top 25 after finishing 2016 unranked.

The 2017 preseason poll features teams from nine conferences, with the Missouri Valley leading the way with five schools. The Big Sky, CAA and the Southern Conference each boast four schools 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.

Full Poll Results - Preseason - Aug. 8, 2017

Team (No. 1 Votes) Points 2016 Final 2016 Record   Team (No. 1 Votes) Points 2016 Final 2016 Record   Team (No. 1 Votes)

Points

2016 Final 2016 Record
1. James Madison (20) 642 1 14-1 11. Wofford 381 11 10-4 21. Grambling State 133 15 12-1
2. North Dakota State (2) 618 3 12-2 12. The Citadel 333 9 10-2 22. Weber State 102 24 7-5
3. Sam Houston State (3) 577 5 12-1 13. Chattanooga 330 10 9-4 23. Cal Poly 85 21t 7-5
4. Eastern Washington 525 4 12-2 14. Charleston Southern 261 14 7-4 24. North Carolina Central 83 19 9-3
5. Jacksonville State 493 6 10-2 15. Central Arkansas 251 16 10-3 25. North Carolina A&T 78 20 9-3
6. South Dakota State (1) 479 7 9-4 16. New Hampshire 244 17 10-3

Others receiving votes: Fordham (63), Albany (62), Western Illinois (54), Montana (51), Northern Arizona (42), McNeese State (34), San Diego (33), Tennessee State (26), Kennesaw State (17), William & Mary (16), Harvard (16), South Dakota (14), Saint Francis (8), Southeastern Louisiana (7), Dayton (7), Nicholls State (6), Princeton (5), Prairie View A&M (5), Colgate (5), Towson (2), Eastern Illinois (2), Southern (2), Southern Utah (2), Mercer (1).

7. Richmond 474 8 10-4 17. Lehigh 177 18 9-3
8. Youngstown State 450 2 12-4 18. Illinois State 149 NR 6-6
9. Villanova 413 13 9-4 19. Samford 144 23 7-5
10. North Dakota 412 12 9-3 20. Northern Iowa 136 NR 5-6

Contact Information: Philip Marcello, Media Relations Assistant, Southern Conference, 864.591.5100, pmarcello@socon.org

 

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1. James Madison (20) 6. South Dakota State (1) 11. Wofford 16. New Hampshire 21. Grambling State
2. North Dakota State (2) 7. Richmond 12. The Citadel 17. Lehigh 22. Weber State
3. Sam Houston State (2) 8. Youngstown State 13. Chattanooga 18. Illinois State 23. Cal Poly
4. Eastern Washington 9. Villanova 14. Charleston Southern 19. Samford 24. North Carolina Central
5. Jacksonville State 10. North Dakota 15. Central Arkansas 20. Northern Iowa 25. North Carolina A&T