2019 FCS Football Preseason Top 25 Rankings

1North Dakota State Logo
North Dakota StateA ton to replace, including a head coach. But there's more tradition here than anywhere in FCS. The machine is still rolling.
2James Madison LogoJames MadisonA new head coach here also. Same story as above, there's a train leaving the station. Last year was a track change, not a derailment.
3Eastern Washington LogoEastern Washington2018 finalist returning a dynamic quarterback in Barriere. The offense will be potent and the defense looks better. Still a winner.
4Jacksonville State LogoJacksonville StateA hiccup last year cost the Gamecocks a four plus year conference winning streak. Just winning the OVC isn't enough anymore.
5Weber State LogoWeber StateThe Wildcats are usually predicated to shutting down teams with their defense. But the offense will carry them early.
6UC Davis LogoUC DavisQuarterback Maier might be the best in the country and so might their offense. If the defense does enough, anything is possible.
7Wofford LogoWoffordWofford just keeps grinding along. That says a lot because the SoCon is pushing to make the top three conferences, a top four.
8South Dakota State LogoSouth Dakota StateReplacing an all-time program quarterback will be important. But everything else is there. Can they jump the Bison hump?
9Nicholls LogoNichollsNicholls used to be an afterthought. Now, they're the focus on conversation in the Southland. And they'll be tough again.
10Elon LogoElonLosing their coach to JMU has to sting. But the team Cignetti left behind might end up better than the place he went.
11Illinois State LogoIllinois StateCan the Redbirds put together an entire season? The last few have started well, then fell flat. All the potential, now let's see results.
12Montana LogoMontanaThe Grizzlies have a lot returning. The schedule is a bear, sorry for the pun. But such is life in the Big Sky.
13Indiana State LogoIndiana StateThe trendy pick to click this year. Having won their last five and missed the playoffs, the Sycamores are looking to prove all wrong.
14Towson LogoTowsonOffensively, the Tigers may be the CAA's best. However, the road schedule is brutal. Can they overcome it and be playoff bound?
15Sam Houston State LogoSam Houston State6-5 is a decent season for most programs, not SHSU. Expect a bounce back. If the defense holds up its end, they could be scary.
16Chattanooga LogoChattanoogaThe Mocs will play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation. If they stay up to the challenge, playoffs will follow.
17Maine LogoMaineThe Black Bear defense should continue to dominate. But a tough schedule, including two FBS games leaves little margin for error.
18Montana State LogoMontana StateBobcats return talent all over the field, more than enough to make the playoffs again. The schedule is tough, but could still be worse.
19Furman LogoFurmanSoCon tri-champion last year - no playoffs. That's gonna stick in the Paladins craw. Expect a very focused effort all year.
20Yale LogoYaleYale returns 21 of 22 starters from  last year. How does that happen? Improvement on last year's 5-5 seems a near lock.
21Southeast Missouri State LogoSE Missouri StateLB Hall is one of the three best players in the country. The defense should be top notch and the offense still has QB Santacaterina.
22Lamar LogoLamarCardinals look to build off a 2018 playoff run. The defense has many holes to fill, but there's enough to be on the fringe, at least.
23Northern Iowa LogoNorthern IowaThey're replacing a lot. The O-line is better and the weapons will be there for a new QB. The defense should be there as always.
24Kennesaw State LogoKennesaw StateAfter a huge graduating class, the Owls will look to reload quickly. If they can survive Monmouth later, the Big South should be theirs.
25Citadel LogoCitadelA triple-option outfit with almost everyone back. Opponents will see them as Nightmare Saturday. Tough schedule, tough out.