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.