Football Monarchs Eighth in CSN Preseason Poll

July 31, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

July 31, 2012

CHICAGO -- The ODU Football Monarchs were picked eighth in the College Sporting News FCS Preseason Poll released on Tuesday.

The Monarchs, who were picked to finish second in the league behind defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion Towson in the CAA Preseason Poll released last week, were one of six CAA schools featured in the poll's Top 25.

North Dakota State, who won the school's first Division I football national title last year and the school's ninth NCAA football crown overall, is ranked No. 1 in the poll with Sam Houston State, last year's runner-up, finishing a close second to the Bison.

Last year's playoff semifinalist Georgia Southern, who ended Old Dominion's first-ever playoff run in the second round, wound up in the third position, while Big Sky Conference co-champion and 2011 Division I playoff quarterfinalist Montana State was in the four spot.

Playoff quarterfinalist and 2004 champion James Madison comes in at the number five slot with the remainder of the Top 10 including three-time national titlist Appalachian State in the #6 position, 2011 CAA champion Towson at #7, the Monarchs at #8, MVFC co-champion Northern Iowa at #9, and playoff semi-finalist and two time FCS champion Montana rounding out the top 10.

Other CAA schools featured in poll included Oyster Bowl opponent Delaware at #13 and Maine at #19. Villanova received votes.

College Sporting News 2012 FCS Preseason Top 25
1. North Dakota State
2. Sam Houston State
3. Georgia Southern
4. Montana State
5. James Madison
6. Appalachian State
7. Towson
8. Old Dominion
9. Northern Iowa
10. Montana
11. Lehigh
12. Eastern Washington
13. Delaware
14. New Hampshire
15. Wofford
16. Stony Brook
17. Youngstown State
18. Illinois State
19. Maine
20. Eastern Kentucky
21. Central Arkansas
22. Indiana State
23. Liberty
24. Murray State
25. Stephen F. Austin
Others receiving votes: Bethune-Cookman, Harvard, Chattanooga, Grambling State, Norfolk State, Southern Illinois, Villanova, Jacksonville State.