The STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 poll was released today and the North Dakota State Bison will enter the season ranked 2nd overall.

Defending national champion James Madison University claimed the top spot in the FCS preseason poll. JMU eliminated the Bison from postseason play last season before defeating Youngstown State in the championship game. Of a possible 163 first-place votes, James Madison received 134. NDSU received 19.

The STATS FCS Top 25 is voted on by a national panel of broadcasters, writers, sports information and media relations directors, along with other dignitaries. A new poll will be released every Monday during the regular season, except for the last Monday of the regular season before the postseason pairings are announced in the 24-team field. The final poll of the season will come out after the championship game is played on January 6th, 2018.

NDSU's conference (the Missouri Valley Football Conference) contains six teams within the FCS preseason top 25, which is more than any other conference in the FCS. Aside from NDSU, those teams are South Dakota State, Youngstown State, Northern Iowa, Illinois State, and Western Illinois. The complete poll is listed below.

STATS FCS Preseason Top 25
Team (First-Place Votes) W-L Pts Prev
1 James Madison (134) 14-1 4034 1
2 North Dakota State (19) 12-2 3874 3
3 Sam Houston State (7) 12-1 3610 5
4 South Dakota State (2) 9-4 3385 6
5 Eastern Washington 12-2 3270 4
6 Jacksonville State (1) 10-2 3081 7
7 Richmond 10-4 3041 8
8 North Dakota 9-3 2871 12
9 Youngstown State 12-4 2658 2
10 Villanova 9-4 2628 11
11 Wofford 10-4 2543 9
12 Chattanooga 9-4 1995 13
13 New Hampshire 8-5 1741 17
14 Charleston Southern 7-4 1710 15
15 Central Arkansas 10-3 1685 14
16 The Citadel 10-2 1545 10
17 Lehigh 9-3 1369 21
18 Northern Iowa 5-6 924 NR
19 Samford 7-5 893 23
20 Illinois State 6-6 876 NR
21 Grambling State 11-1 692 16
22 Fordham 8-3 604 NR
23 Cal Poly 7-5 427 24
24 Albany 7-4 418 NR
25 Western Illinois 6-5 367 NR

Others receiving votes: North Carolina Central (326), Weber State (322), Northern Arizona (307), McNeese (261), San Diego (250), Montana (215), North Carolina A&T (198), Kennesaw State (154), Liberty (134), Tennessee State (102), UT Martin (90), South Dakota (87), Harvard (36), Saint Francis U (31), Delaware (27), Princeton (23), South Carolina State (22), Nicholls (21), Southeastern Louisiana (20), Southern Utah (17), Penn (14), Duquesne (14), Stony Brook (13), Maine (11), Montana State (6), Mercer (6), Southern Illinois (5), Alcorn State (4), William & Mary (4), Eastern Illinois (3), ETSU (3), Wagner (3), Eastern Kentucky (2), Indiana State (1), Bethune-Cookman (1), Dayton (1).