Panthers in Luck, Land 13th in Poll

UNI football earned the 13th position in the 2018 STATS FCS Preseason poll released Monday.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the STATS FCS Top 25. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

With 11 games on the regular schedule, UNI will face five preseason top-25 teams.

FCS national champion North Dakota State was an overwhelming No. 1 in the national ranking, collecting 151 of the 157 first-place votes and 3,919 points. The Bison were followed by national runner-up James Madison, which gained the other six first-place votes.

The complete FCS Preseason Top 25 is as follows, with final 2017 records in parenthesis:

1. North Dakota State (14-1), 3,919 points**
2. James Madison (14-1), 3,764
3. South Dakota State (11-3), 3,470**
4. Sam Houston State (12-2), 3,228
5. Kennesaw State (12-2), 3,120
6. Jacksonville State (10-2), 3,041
7. New Hampshire (9-5), 2,873
8. Weber State (11-3), 2,815
9. Eastern Washington (7-4), 2,541
10. Wofford (10-3), 2,087
11. Samford (8-4), 2,003
12. Elon (8-4), 1,812
13. Northern Iowa (8-5), 1,612
14. North Carolina A&T (12-0), 1,480
15. Delaware (7-4), 1,470
16. Central Arkansas (10-2), 1,383
17. McNeese (9-2), 1,133
18. Nicholls (8-4), 1,056
19. Villanova (5-6), 920
20. Stony Brook (10-3), 798
21. Illinois State (6-5), 795**
22. Austin Peay (8-4), 709
23. Furman (8-5), 685
24. Montana (7-4), 626**
25. Youngstown State (6-5), 541**

** indicates 2018 Panthers opponent