Sports Network FCS Poll released

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The first Sports Network FCS Poll was released on Tuesday. Youngstown State failed to crack the top-25, but the Penguins finished second in the “Receiving-votes” section of the poll.

The poll’s national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries confirmed back-to-back National Champion North Dakota State as the preseason No. 1 by giving the Bison 127 of the 134 first-place votes and 3,340 points.

Three other Missouri Valley Conference teams also made the cut to the top-25. South Dakota State is ranked #6, while Illinois State checks in at #13. Last but not least, Northern Iowa enters the season 17th.

Team (First-place votes) 2012 Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (127) 14-1 3340 1
2. Montana State Bobcats (1) 11-2 3079 5
3. Sam Houston State Bearkats (5) 11-4 2941 2
4. Eastern Washington Eagles 11-3 2873 4
5. Villanova Wildcats 8-4 2334 15
6. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 9-4 2268 14
7. Central Arkansas Bears 9-3 2244 10
8. Wofford Terriers 9-4 2089 7
9. Georgia Southern Eagles (1) 10-4 2002 3
10. New Hampshire Wildcats 8-4 1920 13
11. Towson Tigers 7-4 1871 17
12. Appalachian State Mountaineers 8-4 1696 9
13. Illinois State Redbirds 9-4 1657 8
14. Cal Poly Mustangs 9-3 1646 12
15. Richmond Spiders 8-3 1384 18
16. Stony Brook Seawolves 10-3 1178 11
17. Northern Iowa Panthers 5-6 1106 NR
18. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 8-3 988 20
19. James Madison Dukes 7-4 964 19
20. Montana Grizzlies 5-6 813 NR
21. Eastern Illinois Panthers 7-5 686 NR
22. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 10-1 587 16
23. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 9-3 514 22
24. Chattanooga Mocs 6-5 505 NR
25. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 8-5 489 24
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