Coaches Rank Eastern Third in Preseason FCS Poll

With practices beginning Wednesday, Eastern is ranked only behind two-time defending champion North Dakota State and Big Sky rival Montana State

The Eastern Washington University football team, which begins practices for the 2013 season tomorrow, has been ranked third in the preseason NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll released Tuesday (Aug. 6).

The Eagles, who won the 2010 FCS title and were a semifinalist in 2012, trail only No. 1 North Dakota State and No. 2 Montana State in the poll. Eastern is ranked just ahead of No. 4 Sam Houston State, the FCS runners-up the past two seasons.

Eastern plays at Sam Houston State on Sept. 28 in a rematch of last year’s 45-42 Bearkat victory in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. Montana State, which was defeated at home by the Eagles 27-24 a year ago, plays at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., on Nov. 9 in a game regionally televised on Root Sports.

Other Big Sky schools ranked in the preseason poll are No. 11 Cal Poly, No. 18 Northern Arizona and No. 22 Montana. The Eagles play at Cal Poly on Nov. 16 and Montana on Oct. 26 – both games are also televised on Root Sports.

The Sports Network FCS Top-25 preseason poll is expected to be released on Aug. 13.

 

EWU IN NATIONAL PRESEASON TEAM RANKINGS

3rd (Coaches) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Montana State, #4 Sam Houston State, #10 Illinois State, #11 Cal Poly, #18 Northern Arizona, #22 Montana.

4th (Sporting News) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #3 Montana State, #6 Sam Houston State, #9 Illinois State, #14 Montana, #17 Northern Arizona, #21 Cal Poly, #24 Sacramento State
6th (Lindy’s Magazine) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #3 Montana State, #10 Sam Houston State, #22 Illinois State, #23 Montana, #24 Wagner.

4th (USA Today) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Montana State, #3 Sam Houston State, #6 Illinois State, #8 Cal Poly.

7th (Athlon) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Montana State, #4 Sam Houston State, #9 Montana, #15 Cal Poly, #16 Northern Arizona, #24 Illinois State.

 

EWU in Big Sky Preseason Rankings
2nd (Big Sky Coaches)
. . . also, #1 Montana State, #3 Montana, #4 Cal Poly, #5 Northern Arizona, #6 Sacramento State, #7 North Dakota, #8 Northern Colorado, #9 Southern Utah, #10 Portland State, #11 UC Davis, #12 Weber State, #13 Idaho State.
2nd (Big Sky Media) . . . also, #1 Montana State, #3 Montana, #4 Cal Poly, #5 Northern Arizona, #6 Sacramento State, #7 North Dakota, #8 Northern Colorado, #9 Southern Utah, #10 Portland State, #11 Weber State, #12 UC Davis, #13 Idaho State.



Preseason FCS Coaches Poll

 

Team (No. 1 Votes)

2012 Record

Points

Final 2012 Ranking

1. North Dakota State (23)

14-1

645

1

2. Montana State (1)

11-2

591

5

3. Eastern Washington

11-3

549

4

4. Sam Houston State (1)

11-4

534

2

5. Wofford

9-4

450

7

6. Central Arkansas

9-3

428

10

7. South Dakota State

9-4

410

17

8. New Hampshire

8-4

386

13

9. Villanova

8-4

381

16

10. Illinois State

9-4

379

9

11. Cal Poly

9-3

348

11

12. Towson

7-4

347

15

13. Stony Brook

10-3

326

12

14. Richmond

8-3

274

18

15. James Madison

7-4

235

21

16. Northern Iowa

5-6

218

NR

17. Lehigh

10-1

198

14

18. Northern Arizona

8-2

196

20

19. Eastern Kentucky (1)

8-3

188

19

20. Bethune-Cookman

9-3

159

23

21. Coastal Carolina

8-5

140

24

22. Montana

6-2*

135

NR

23. Eastern Illinois

7-5

120

25

24. Youngstown State

7-4

107

NR

25. Chattanooga

6-5

104

NR

 

Others receiving votes: Wagner (87), Colgate (67), Tennessee State (52), Harvard (48), Delaware (47), The Citadel (39), Liberty (39), Arkansas Pine-Bluff (35), Indiana State (27), Stephen F. Austin (19), McNeese State (16), Penn (13), Alcorn State (12), Jacksonville State (11), Samford (10), Norfolk State (7), Alabama State (7), UC Davis (7), Southern Illinois (6), Maine (5), Albany (5), Tennessee Tech (5), UT Martin (4), Gardner Webb (4), Sacramento State (3), Hampton (3), San Diego (2), Jackson State (1), Missouri State (1), Brown (1)

* Final 6 games of 2012 vacated

Note: The following programs are ineligible for the Coaches Poll due to their transition to the FBS . . . Appalachian State, Charlotte, Georgia Southern and Old Dominion.

 
 
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