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FCS Coaches Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)
1. Appalachian State (13)
2. Richmond (10)
4. Northern Iowa (1)
5. Villanova (1)
6. James Madison
7. Southern Illinois
8. New Hampshire
9. Weber State
12. Central Arkansas
13. Cal Poly
14. William & Mary
15. McNeese State
16. South Carolina State
17. Eastern Washington
18. Massachusetts (1)
T19. Jacksonville State
21. Texas State
23. South Dakota State
25. Grambling State
The Sports Network FCS College Football Poll
|Team (1st Place Votes)|
|1. Appalachian State Mountaineers (79)|
|2. Richmond Spiders (72)|
|3. Montana Grizzlies (2)|
|4. Northern Iowa Panthers (2)|
|5. Villanova Wildcats (2)|
|6. James Madison Dukes (1)|
|7. Southern Illinois Salukis|
|8. New Hampshire Wildcats|
|9. Weber State Wildcats (1)|
|10. Wofford Terriers|
|11. Elon Phoenix|
|12. Cal Poly Mustangs|
|13. Central Arkansas Bears|
|14. William & Mary Tribe|
|15. McNeese State Cowboys|
|16. South Carolina State Bulldogs (1)|
|17. Massachusetts Minutemen|
|18. Eastern Washington Eagles|
|19. Maine Black Bears|
|20. Texas State Bobcats|
|21. Jacksonville State Gamecocks|
|22. South Dakota State Jackrabbits|
|23. Harvard Crimson|
|24. Eastern Kentucky Colonels|
|25. Grambling State Tigers|
|25. Holy Cross Crusaders|
We have been comparing our list with the coaches and media polls and came up with the most underrated and overrated teams.
UNDERRATED (by coaches and media)
While I did not vote Hofstra in my top 25 for the media poll we had them #7 in the Phil Steele Top 40 and they were #24 in the coaches poll. They return many starters back from injury and could be a sleeper team this year that nobody else is projecting.
We had them #13 in ours but they were only #29 in the coaches poll. HC could be a sleeper team with the return of QB Dominic Randolph and will go as far as he takes them.
We had them #27 but they were not even listed in the coaches poll. They return several key performers from last year that make us feel that they could knock on the door of the top 25 this year.
We had them #35 but the coaches voted them #12. With the loss of QB Nathan Brown and TE Marquez Branson to the NFL coupled with the loss of top receiver Willie Landers we see a great defense but they lack the firepower to win many shootouts.
CP could be rated #13 based on past performance because we only have them #29. CP lost WR Ramses Barden to the NFL and QB Jonathan Dally and have several key holes to fill.
TSU is not even listed in our top 40 but came in at #21 in the coaches poll. They have several tough games and only have two stars offensively in QB Bradley George and RB Karrington Bush.
PHIL STEELE HAS INFLUENCE?
It looks like we do as the coaches voted Hofstra #24 in their poll after going just 4-8 last season after we listed them #7. The media poll did not have them ranked but they were among those receiving votes. They were just picked 4th in the CAA North Division Preseason Poll (4th place in their own division!!).
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PHIL STEELE INTERVIEW
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INJURIES AND TRANSFERS
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