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Eagles Ranked 9th in Sports Network 2013 Preseason Poll
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Aug 14th--PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Sports Network today released its 2013 preseason poll with media members and sports information directors across the ranking Georgia Southern ninth. The Eagles received 2,002 points and a first-place vote.  North Dakota State, last year’s NCAA FCS champion, earned the top spot in the preseason poll with 3,340 points and 127 first-place votes. Montana State was ranked second and Sam Houston State third with Eastern Washington holding the fourth spot and Villanova rounding out the top five.


In 2012, for the third consecutive year, Georgia Southern advanced to the NCAA FCS playoff semifinals, the only team to do so in the last three years. Sam Houston State, North Dakota State and Eastern Washington joined Georgia Southern among the final four teams last year.

Georgia Southern, in its first transition year from FCS to FBS, is eligible to be ranked in the Sports Network poll throughout this season. The Eagles return seven starters each on offense and defense, including Walter Payton Award candidate Jerick McKinnon and All-American Dominique Swope. The backfield combination set an NCAA record for most yards by teammates in a single season with 3,063 last year.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25

Team (First-place votes)

2012 Record

Points

Previous Rank

1.

North Dakota State Bison (127)

14-1

3340

1

2.

Montana State Bobcats (1)

11-2

3079

5

3.

Sam Houston State Bearkats (5)

11-4

2941

2

4.

Eastern Washington Eagles

11-3

2873

4

5.

Villanova Wildcats

8-4

2334

15

6.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

9-4

2268

14

7.

Central Arkansas Bears

9-3

2244

10

8.

Wofford Terriers

9-4

2089

7

9.

Georgia Southern Eagles (1)

10-4

2002

3

10.

New Hampshire Wildcats

8-4

1920

13

11.

Towson Tigers

7-4

1871

17

12.

Appalachian State Mountaineers

8-4

1696

9

13.

Illinois State Redbirds

9-4

1657

8

14.

Cal Poly Mustangs

9-3

1646

12

15.

Richmond Spiders

8-3

1384

18

16.

Stony Brook Seawolves

10-3

1178

11

17.

Northern Iowa Panthers

5-6

1106

NR

18.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

8-3

988

20

19.

James Madison Dukes

7-4

964

19

20.

Montana Grizzlies

5-6

813

NR

21.

Eastern Illinois Panthers

7-5

686

NR

22.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks

10-1

587

16

23.

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

9-3

514

22

24.

Chattanooga Mocs

6-5

505

NR

25.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

8-5

489

24

                                                                                                                           

 

 

 
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