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James Madison, Old Dominion crack Top 10 in preseason football poll

James Madison and Old Dominion were both tabbed as Top 10 teams in the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision preseason poll conducted by the staff of College Sporting News.

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.

Finishing a close second to the Bison in the preseason poll is last year’s runner’s up in Sam Houston State.

Last year’s playoff semifinalist Georgia Southern 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.

JMU was picked fifth, with three-time national titlist Appalachian State in the #6 position, 2011 CAA champion Towson at #7, fellow CAA and recent FCS newcomer Old Dominion at #8, MVFC co-champion Northern Iowa at #9, and 2011 FCS playoff semi-finalist and two time FCS champion Montana rounding out the top 10.

Liberty was slotted at #23 in the poll.

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

Augusta Health Augusta Free Press Kris McMackin CPA
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