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Great Danes ranked No. 24 in STATS FCS Preseason Poll

UAlbany Sports Information   08-07-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team is ranked No. 24 in the STATS FCS Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was released Monday.

The Great Danes were one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked. James Madison, last year’s FCS champion, was ranked No. 1. Richmond (No. 7), Villanova (No. 10) and New Hampshire (No. 13) also were ranked.

UAlbany, which opens its season Sept. 2 on the road against FBS opponent Old Dominion, finished last year with a 7-4 overall record and 4-4 mark in the CAA.

The Great Danes were ranked for a program-record six straight weeks to begin the 2016 season. They were as high as No. 16 after starting the season with four consecutive wins, including a season-opening victory over Buffalo for the program’s first FBS win.

STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 Poll

1. James Madison 4,034 (134 first place)
2. North Dakota State 3,874 (19)
3. Sam Houston State 3,610
4.  South Dakota State 3,385
5. Eastern Washington 3,270
6.  Jacksonville State 3,081 (1)
7. Richmond 3,041
8.  North Dakota 2,871
9. Youngstown State 2,658
10. Villanova 2,628
11.  Wofford 2,543
12. Chattanooga 1,995
13. New Hampshire 1,741
14. Charleston Southern

1,710

15. Central Arkansas

1,685

16. Citadel

1,545

17.  Lehigh

1,369

18. UNI

924

19. Samford

893

20.  Illinois State

876

21. Grambling State

692

22. Fordham

604

23. Cal Poly

427

24. UAlbany

418

25. Western Illinois

367

Others: North Carolina Central (326) , Weber State (322) , Northern Arizona (307) , McNeese (261) , San Diego (250) , Montana (215) , North Carolina A&T (198) , Kennesaw State (154) , Liberty (134) , Tennessee State (102) , UT Martin (90) , South Dakota (87) , Harvard (36) , Saint Francis U (31) , Delaware (27) , Princeton (23) , South Carolina State (22) , Nicholls (21) , Southeastern Louisiana (20) , Southern Utah (17) , Penn (14) , Duquesne (14) , Stony Brook (13) , Maine (11) , Montana State (6) , Mercer (6) , Southern Illinois (5) , Alcorn State (4) , William & Mary (4) , Eastern Illinois (3) , ETSU (3) , Wagner (3) , Eastern Kentucky (2) , Indiana State (1) , Bethune-Cookman (1) , Dayton (1)

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