Chants get respect, ranked 21st in preseason FCS poll

The Coastal Carolina football team, tabbed the preseason favorite to win the 2013 Big South Championship, is ranked 21st in the FCS Coaches Preseason poll.

The Chanticleers finished the 2012 season ranked 24th in the final FCS Coaches Poll after winning a share of the Big South Championship, earning the Big South’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division I FCS Championship and defeating Bethune-Cookman in the first round of the playoffs for CCU’s first football postseason win.

Also making the preseason FCS Coaches Poll was 2013 CCU opponent Eastern Kentucky (19th), who received one first place vote. Big South foes Liberty (31st-tie) and Gardner-Webb (48th-tie) were listed among those receiving votes.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

North Dakota State tops the poll. The Bison are coming off back-to-back FCS National Championships in 2011 and 2012, going 28-2 over that stretch with victories over FBS schools Minnesota and Colorado State. North Dakota State received 23 of 26 first place votes to earn the top spot in the opening poll of the 2013 campaign.

Montana State earned the No. 2 preseason ranking and received one first-place vote after finishing 11-2 in 2012. Fellow Big Sky member Eastern Washington is third in the poll, followed by Sam Houston State. Sam Houston State earned a first place vote, as did Eastern Kentucky, which sits at No. 19 in the poll. Wofford holds down the No. 5 spot, while Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, New Hampshire, Villanova and Illinois State round out the top 10.

Six Colonial Athletic Association schools earned a top 25 selection, the most from any conference. The Big Sky and Missouri Valley each placed five teams in the poll. In all, nine conferences had representatives in the preseason poll.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

The following programs are ineligible for the Coaches Poll due to their transition to the FBS- Appalachian State, Charlotte, Georgia Southern and Old Dominion.

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