Chanticleers claim another top-10 preseason ranking

ccufoot-backusrosspracticeAfter being ranked sixth nationally by the FCS coaches earlier this week, the Coastal Carolina football program will start the 2014 season ranked seventh by the national media as The Sports Network released its preseason poll today.

This is the first time in program history Coastal Carolina’s football program will start the season as a consensus top 10 pick. The Chanticleers finished last season ranked seventh in both the coaches and media polls. This is the fourth time that the Chanticleers enter a season among the nation’s top 25. In 2006, CCU was 18th in the coaches poll and 25th by the media. In 2007, Coastal started the year ranked 20th by the coaches and 23rd by the media. This past season, the Chants were ranked 21st in the coaches preseason poll and 25th by the media.

Eastern Washington is the preseason #1 team in the media poll, receiving 82 first place votes, and beat out three-time defending national champion North Dakota State for the top spot. The Bison received 62 first place votes and were the preseason favorite in the coaches poll. Southeastern Louisiana is ranked third, followed by New Hampshire, Montana, Jacksonville State and Coastal.

In all, six of Coastal Carolina’s 2014 12 opponents appear in the media preseason poll, including #18 Furman, #27 Liberty, #28 South Carolina State, #36 Charleston Southern, #41 Gardner-Webb and #45 North Carolina A&T.

Coastal Carolina opens the 2014 season August 30 at The Citadel with kickoff set for 6 pm at Johnson Hagood stadium. The Chanticleers will play their home opener on Sept. 13 when #28 South Carolina State comes to Brooks Stadium as part of the University’s Family Weekend. Kickoff is set for 6 pm.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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