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Monarchs Ranked Eighth in Preseason TSN Poll

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 13, 2012
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Aug. 13, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion Football Monarchs came in at No. 8 in The Sports Network Preseason Poll released on Monday afternoon, up two spots from where they finished in last season's final poll.

The Monarchs, who concluded the 2011 campaign at 10-3 overall and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs, were one of six Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) teams featured in the poll's Top 25.

James Madison garnered three first place votes and came in at No. 5 with CAA Champion Towson just ahead of the Monarchs at No. 7. New Hampshire, who ODU will face face in the CAA opener on Sept. 22nd was slotted at No. 14, followed by Oyster Bowl opponent Delaware at No. 15. Maine came in at No. 21.

William & Mary, Georgia State, Richmond, and Villanova received votes, as did 2012 opener Duquesne.

Joining the Monarchs in the Top 10 was last year's runner-up Sam Houston State topping the poll with 79 first place votes, followed by reigning champion North Dakota State at No. 2, and Georgia Southern, who stopped ODU's playoff run last season, at No. 3. Montana State was at No. 4, Appalachian State came in at No. 6, with Northern Iowa at No. 9, and Wofford rounded out the top-10 at No. 10.

The ODU Football Monarchs open the season on Sept. 1st against Duquesne at 6 p.m.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25
College Football Poll
 
Team (First-place votes) 2011 Record Points Previous Rank
1. Sam Houston State Bearkats (79) 14-1 3708 2
2. North Dakota State Bison (59) 14-1 3625 1
3. Georgia Southern Eagles (6) 11-3 3249 4
4. Montana State Bobcats (3) 10-3 3217 7
5. James Madison Dukes (3) 8-5 2812 15
6. Appalachian State Mountaineers (1) 8-4 2800 12
7. Towson Tigers 9-3 2674 9
8. Old Dominion Monarchs 10-3 2484 10
9. Northern Iowa Panthers 10-3 2168 6
10. Wofford Terriers 8-4 2080 13
11. Montana Grizzlies 11-3 2018 3
12. Eastern Washington Eagles 6-5 1897 NR
13. Youngstown State Penguins (1) 6-5 1860 NR
14. New Hampshire Wildcats 8-4 1857 11
15. Delaware Blue Hens 7-4 1810 17
16. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 11-2 1514 5
17. Stony Brook Seawolves 9-4 1339 18
18. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 7-5 1055 24
19. Illinois State Redbirds 7-4 1052 20
20. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 6-5 863 NR
21. Maine Black Bears 9-4 721 8
22. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 7-4 625 NR
23. Indiana State Sycamores 6-5 522 NR
24. Central Arkansas Bears 9-4 508 14
25. Harvard Crimson 9-1 477 16
Others receiving votes: Murray State 292, Northern Arizona 259, Norfolk State 222, Chattanooga 191, Liberty 150, South Carolina State 137, Bethune-Cookman 134, McNeese State 127, Grambling State 87, Tennessee Tech 77, Portland State 73, North Dakota 68, Alabama State 66, Jackson State 63, Southern Illinois 63, William & Mary 59, Southern Utah 54, Georgia State 49, Furman 43, Albany 39, Richmond 31, Villanova 30, Penn 16, Duquesne 14, South Dakota State 10, San Diego 9, Elon 9, Drake 8, Holy Cross 7, Prairie View A&M 6, South Dakota 6, Alabama A&M 4, Southeast Missouri 4, Georgetown 3, Idaho State 3, Sacramento State 3, Cornell 2, Bryant 1, Eastern Illinois 1, Jacksonville 1, Missouri State 1, Samford 1, UT Martin 1, The Citadel 1, Western Illinois 1.

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