NDSU Football Ranked No. 1 in AFCA FCS Coaches Poll
The first-ever American Football Coaches Association FCS Coaches Poll was released today (August 13th) and North Dakota State will enter the season ranked No. 1 overall.
The defending national champions from NDSU earned 23 of the 26 possible first-place votes. The other three went to last year's national runner-up, James Madison, which is ranked No. 2 at the start of the season. South Dakota State comes in just behind JMU to round out the top three.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference had five total teams ranked amongst the top 25 in the preseason coaches poll. The other three besides NDSU and SDSU are Northern Iowa (12th), Illinois State (20th), and Youngstown State (24th).
The is the first time the AFCA is administering the FCS Coaches Poll. The top 25 and other teams receiving votes can be seen below.
|2018 AFCA FCS Coaches Preseason Poll|
|Team (First-Place Votes)||W-L||Pts||Prev|
|1.||North Dakota St. (23)||14-1||647||1|
|2.||James Madison (3)||14-1||623||2|
|3.||South Dakota St.||11-3||579||4|
|4.||Sam Houston St.||12-2||557||3|
|14.||North Carolina A&T||12-0||292||6|
Others receiving votes: Idaho, 41; Northern Arizona, 36; Yale, 22; Grambling St., 14; Monmouth (N.J.), 12; Southern Utah, 11; Sacramento St., 9; Colgate, 8; South Dakota, 6; San Diego, 5; Richmond, 4; Western Illinois, 3; Western Carolina, 2; Lehigh, 1.