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2016 FCS Pre-Season Top 25 Rankings

August 13, 2016
North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles. Despite losing star QB Carson Wentz to the NFL, there's no reason to think that the Bison won't make it six in 2016.

North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles. Despite losing star QB Carson Wentz to the NFL, there’s no reason to think that the Bison won’t make it six in 2016.

 

1. North Dakota State (13-2, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 National Champion)
vs. #7 Charleston Southern (10-3, 6-0 Big South, 2015 Quarterfinalist) Sat 8/27 7:30PM ET

2. Richmond (10-4, 6-2 Colonial, 2015 Semifinalist)
at Virginia (4-8, 3-5 ACC-C) Sat 9/3 3:30PM ET

3. Jacksonville State (13-2, 8-0 OVC, 2015 Runner-Up)
vs. North Alabama (9-3, 6-1 GSC/D2, 2nd Round, D2) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

4. Sam Houston State (11-4, 7-2 Southland, 2015 Semifinalist)
vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State (5-5, IND) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

5. Northern Iowa (9-5, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at Iowa State (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

6. Chattanooga (9-4, 6-1 Southern, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Shorter (2-8, 1-6 GSC/D2) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

7. Charleston Southern (10-3, 6-0 Big South, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at #1 North Dakota State (13-2, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 National Champion) Sat 8/27 7:30PM ET

8. The Citadel (9-4, 6-1 Southern, 2015 2nd Round)
at Mercer (5-6, 2-5 Southern) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

9. South Dakota State (8-4, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 1st Round)
at Texas Christian (11-2, 7-2 Big 12, Won Valero Alamo Bowl) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

10. William & Mary (9-4, 6-2 CAA, 2015 2nd Round)
at North Carolina State (7-6, 3-5 ACC/A, lost Belk Bowl) Thu 9/1 7:30PM ET

11. Coastal Carolina (9-3, 4-2 Big South (2016 IND), 2015 1st Round)
at Lamar (5-6, 4-5 Southland) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

12. James Madison (9-3, 6-2 CAA, 2015 Semifinalist)
vs. Morehead State (7-4, 6-2 Pioneer) Sat 9/3 6:00PM ET

13. Montana (8-5, 6-2 Big Sky, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. St. Francis (PA) (7-4, 4-2 NEC) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

14. Illinois State (10-3, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
vs. Valparaiso (1-9, 1-7 Pioneer) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

15. North Dakota (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Stony Brook (5-6, 3-5 CAA) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

16. McNeese State (10-1, 9-0 Southland, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Tarleton State (3-7, 1-5 LSC/D2) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

17. Eastern Washington (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Washington State (9-4, 6-3 PAC-12/N, won Hyundai Sun Bowl) Sat 9/3 8:00PM

18. Villanova (6-5, 5-3 CAA)
at Pittsburgh (8-5, 6-2 ACC/C, lost Northrup/Grumman Military Bowl) Sat 9/3 1:30PM ET

19. Portland State (9-3, 6-2 Big Sky, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Central Washington (5-5, 3-3 GNAC/D2) Sat 9/3 5:30PM ET

20. Towson (7-4, 5-3 CAA)
at South Florida (8-5, 6-2 AAC/E, lost Miami Beach Bowl) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

21. Colgate (9-5, 6-0 Patriot, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 ACC/A) Fri 9/2 7:00PM ET

22. Eastern Kentucky (6-5, 5-2 OVC)
at Purdue (2-10, 1-7 Big Ten/W) Sat 9/3 12:00PM

23. Western Illinois (7-6, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 2nd Round)
at Eastern Illinois (7-5, 7-1 OVC, 2015 1st Round) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

24. Youngstown State (5-6, 3-5 MVFC)
vs. Duquesne (8-4, 5-1 NEC, 2015 1st Round) Thu 9/1 7:30PM ET

25. Northern Arizona (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Arizona State (6-7, 4-5 PAC-12/S, lost Motel 6 Cactus Bowl) Sat 9/3 10:45PM ET

Also Receiving Consideration:

Bethune-Cookman (9-2, 7-1 MEAC), Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1 Ivy), Eastern Illinois (7-5, 7-1 OVC; 2015 1st Round), Fordham (9-3, 5-1 Patriot; 2015 1st Round), Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy), Indiana State (5-6, 3-5 MVFC), Liberty (6-5, 3-3 Big South), New Hampshire (7-5, 5-3 CAA; 2015 1st Round), North Carolina A&T (10-2, 7-1 MEAC), South Dakota (5-6, 3-5 MVFC), Southern Illinois (3-8, 2-6 MVFC), Southern Utah (8-4, 7-1; 2015 1st Round), Tennessee-Martin (7-4, 6-2 OVC), Western Carolina (7-4, 5-2 Southern), Yale (6-4, 3-4 Ivy)

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