North Dakota State tops 2019 preseason FCS polls

By Kevin Kelley -

FCS preseason Top 25 polls for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) have been released, and the North Dakota State Bison top the rankings.

In the STATS FCS rankings, North Dakota State received 142 first-place votes and 3,971 points overall. The Bison finished 15-0 last season and won the NCAA Division I Championship.

The James Madison Dukes are just behind North Dakota State with 3,635 points and 14 first-place votes. South Dakota State, Eastern Washington, and UC Davis round out the STATS preseason Top 25.

North Dakota State also leads the preseason FCS Coaches Poll with 23 first-place votes and 644 total points. James Madison also takes the No. 2 spot in this poll, and they are followed by Eastern Washington, South Dakota State, and UC Davis.

Below are the complete rankings for the 2019 preseason STATS FCS Poll and the FCS Coaches Poll:

2019 Preseason STATS FCS Poll

1. North Dakota State (142)
2. James Madison (14)
3. South Dakota State (1)
4. Eastern Washington (3)
5. UC Davis
6. Jacksonville State
7. Maine
8. Weber State
9. Wofford
10. Kennesaw State
11. Towson
12. Nicholls
13. Colgate
14. Montana State
15. Illinois State
16. Indiana State
17. Southeast Missouri
18. UNI
19. Furman
20. North Carolina A&T
21. Elon
22. Delaware
23. Sam Houston State
24. Princeton
25. Montana

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

2019 Preseason FCS Coaches Poll

1. North Dakota St. (23)
2. James Madison (1)
3. Eastern Washington (2)
4. South Dakota State
5. UC Davis
6. Jacksonville State
7. Maine
8. Wofford
9. Weber State
10. Kennesaw State
11. Nicholls
12. Towson
13. Illinois State
14. Colgate
15. Montana State
16. Indiana State
17. Furman
18. Southeast Missouri
19. North Carolina A&T
20. Northern Iowa
21. Elon
22. Sam Houston State
23. Delaware
24. Princeton
25. Central Arkansas

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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ETSU right on the outside of the top 25. Hoping the Bucs have another stellar year under Randy Sanders and get one over on Wofford.