The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS Coaches Top 25 preseason poll was announced on Monday, August 16 and the NDSU Bison are ranked third.

Defending national champion Sam Houston is ranked No. 1 along with receiving 18 of the 28 first place votes. James Madison is ranked No. 2 and received nine of the 28 first place votes. National runner-up South Dakota State received one first place vote and is ranked No. 4.

There are five teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference ranked in the preseason coaches poll. They include, No. 3 North Dakota State University, No. 4 South Dakota State University, No. 7 University of North Dakota, No. 10 Southern Illinois University, and No. 16 University of Northern Iowa.

 

AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll

Team (First-Place Votes)

1. Sam Houston (18)

2. James Madison (9)

3. North Dakota St.

4. South Dakota St. (1)

5. Delaware

6. Weber St.

7. North Dakota

8. Jacksonville St.

9. Montana

10. Southern Illinois

11. Montana St.

12. Monmouth

13. Central Arkansas

14. Eastern Washington

15. Villanova

16. Northern Iowa

17. Southeastern Louisiana

18. Chattanooga

19. VMI

20. Kennesaw St.

21. UC Davis

22. Richmond

23. Nicholls

24. North Carolina A&T

25. Austin Peay