College Football Rankings: First-Ever FCS Coaches Poll Released

A new set of college football rankings dropped on Monday, Aug. 13 as the new season approaches. For the first time ever, the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll was released after the AFCA began administration of the FCS for the first time. It had previously been run by the Southern Conference. The AFCA also administrates the Division II and Division III Top 25 polls.

Checking in at No. 1 ahead of the season is the reigning national champion North Dakota State Bisons.

Last year’s runner-up, James Madison, sits at No. 2, while South Dakota State, Sam Houston State, and Kennesaw State round out the top five.

The full AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll can be seen below.


Preseason AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

  1. North Dakota St. (23)
  2. James Madison (3)
  3. South Dakota St.
  4. Sam Houston St.
  5. Kennesaw St.
  6. Jacksonville St.
  7. Eastern Washington
  8. Weber St.
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Samford
  11. Wofford
  12. Northern Iowa
  13. Elon
  14. North Carolina A&T
  15. Central Arkansas
  16. Delaware
  17. Nicholls St.
  18. McNeese St.
  19. Villanova
  20. Illinois St.
  21. Furman Stony Brook
  22. Austin Peay
  23. Youngstown St.
  24. Montana

Others Receiving Votes: Idaho, 41; Northern Arizona, 36; Yale, 22; Grambling St., 14; Monmouth (N.J.), 12; Southern Utah, 11; Sacramento St., 9; Colgate, 8; South Dakota, 6; San Diego, 5; Richmond, 4; Western Illinois, 3; Western Carolina, 2; Lehigh, 1.

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