North Dakota State No. 1 in AFCA FCS 2019 Preseason Poll

The North Dakota State Bison are No. 1 in the AFCA/FCS Preseason Coaches Poll. (RoadTripSports.com photo by Matthew Postins)

WACO, TEX. – When you have won seven national championships in eight years, including last year, it’s pretty easy to figure out where North Dakota State will start the 2019 season. The Bison are the preseason favorites to win it all again, as voted on by the coaches in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

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James Madison, who made it to the second round of the FCS playoffs in 2018, comes in at the No. 2 spot. The Dukes are followed by last season’s national runner-up, Eastern Washington at No. 3, South Dakota State at No. 4 and UC Davis at No. 5.

No. 14 Colgate starts the FCS season off early as they host Villanova this coming Saturday, August 24. The Raiders went 10-2 last year with an appearance in the FCS quarterfinals. There is only one Top 25 matchup during the first full week of action as No. 19 North Carolina A&T plays host to No. 21 Elon. No. 24 Princeton, the only other undefeated team in FCS last year besides North Dakota State, begins defense of its 2018 IVY League title on September 21 versus Butler.

2019 American Football Coaches Association FCS Coaches’ Poll — Preseason


TEAM
PTS. PREV*
1. North Dakota State (23) (15-0) 644 1
2. James Madison (1) (9-4) 597 10
3. Eastern Washington (2) (12-3) 588 2
4. South Dakota State (10-3) 579 3
5. UC Davis (10-3) 537 8
6. Jacksonville State (9-4) 500 13
7. Maine (10-4) 473 5
8. Wofford (9-4) 437 12
9. Weber State (10-3) 432 6
10. Kennesaw State (11-2) 404 4
11. Nicholls State (9-4) 385 14
12. Towson (7-5) 349 22
13. Illinois State (6-5) 290 NR
14. Colgate (10-2) 272 7
15. Montana State (8-5) 271 17
16. Indiana State (7-4) 192 25
17. Furman (6-4) 183 NR
18. SE Missouri (9-4) 178 16
19. North Carolina A&T (10-2) 158 11
20. Northern Iowa (7-6) 157 NR
21. Elon (KY) (6-5) 155 19
22. Sam Houston State (6-5) 117 NR
23. Delaware (7-5) 87 23
24. Princeton (10-0) 85 9
25. Central Arkansas (6-5) 66 NR

*– Ranking in final FCS Poll of 2018; Records from 2018

Others Receiving Votes: Montana, 52; Yale, 41; Incarnate Word, 31; East Tennessee St., 23; Tennessee-Chattanooga, 23; Northern Arizona, 20; Idaho, 18; North Dakota, 17; Alcorn St., 16; Monmouth (N.J.), 13; Eastern Kentucky, 12; Dartmouth, 11; South Dakota, 9; Duquesne, 7; Stony Brook, 7; McNeese, 4; San Diego, 3; New Hampshire, 2; Southern, 2; The Citadel, 2; Lamar, 1.

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