2018 Preseason FCS Football Top 25 Rankings

North Dakota State Logo 
North Dakota StateThe Bison are the defending FCS National Champions and start in the crow's nest in search of their seventh title in eight years
2James Madison LogoJames MadisonThe Dukes are one team to derail the aforementioned Bison's would-have-been seven year run.
3Kennesaw State LogoKennesaw StateThe Owls bring back almost everybody from a 2017 quarterfinal run. The triple option will be running wild in 2018.
4New Hampshire LogoNew HampshireThe Wildcats put their forever FCS playoff run back on the line. But 2018 looks like a potential national championship year.
5 Eastern Washington LogoEastern WashingtonThe Eagles return most of their starters, including QB Gubrud, from a team who should have made last year's playoffs.
6South Dakota State LogoSouth Dakota StateThe Jackrabbits lost some NFL-caliber weapons, but the cupboard isn't bare. There's a lot on QB Christian's shoulders.
7Samford LogoSamfordThe Bulldogs and QB Hodges might be the best team the average fan is forgetting about. Not here, these guys are good.
8Jacksonville State LogoJacksonville StateThe Gamecocks haven't lost in the Ohio Valley in four years. A tough non-conference schedule looks to toughen them up prior.
9Elon LogoElonThe Phoenix rose(bad pun) like a wildfire in 2017 before burning out at season's end. Some experience should help that problem.
10Sam Houston State LogoSam Houston StateThe Bearkats lost so many pieces from 2017. But so many have been waiting to play. The Southland is still SHSU country.
11Northern Arizona LogoNorthern ArizonaThe Lumberjacks have a favorable schedule and a top level QB in Cookus. Many pundits are sleeping on them. Be careful.
12Villanova LogoVillanovaThe Wildcats were highly rated last year, that hasn't changed. If this team is healthier than 2017, they could make a deep playoff run.
13McNeese LogoMcNeese StateThe Cowboys were 9-2 in 2017, the best record of any team to miss the playoffs. 2018, they look to take the Southland automatic.
14North Carolina A&T LogoNorth Carolina A&TThe Aggies were the only FCS team to go undefeated in 2017. A season opener with Jacksonville State will set 2018's tone.
15Montana LogoMontanaThe Grizzlies brought back old coach Hauck, but lost QB Gresch. Still, a lot of talent, but transition comes with many question marks.
16UNI LogoNorthern IowaThe Panthers again play a grueling schedule, but how soon they can figure out the moving parts will determine their success.
17Nicholls LogoNichollsThe Colonels emerged as a playoff participant last year and even advanced. 2018, they look to take another step forward.
18Delaware LogoDelawareThe Blue Hens desperately want to return to playoff form, it's been too long. They get three home games to get it started right.
19Austin Peay LogoAustin PeayThe Governors are the FCS' sexy pick to surprise this year. It really happened last year, when they should have made the playoffs.
20Furman LogoFurmanThe Paladins look to return to the playoffs again in 2018. Interesting schedule; three of four road games to start and end the season.
21South Dakota LogoSouth DakotaThe Coyotes limped into the playoffs last year, then lost QB Streveler to the Canadian League. Good talent left but a rough schedule.
22Montana State LogoMontana StateThe Bobcats were a team of close calls in 2017. If those breaks go their way in 2018, a playoff bid is very likely.
23Wofford LogoWoffordThe Terriers get two conference home games to start off as they look to improve on 2017's success.
24Illinois State LogoIllinois StateThe Redbirds return a decent team that really underperformed to their standards last year. Won't be easy in the MVFC in 2018.
25Idaho LogoIdahoWelcome back to the FCS, Vandals. Coming down a classification with returning athletes from the FBS, a possible dynamo in hiding.


 Final FCS Football Power Rankings