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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SC State Earns FCS Coaches Preseason Ranking


SC State Earns FCS Coaches Preseason Ranking ,Bulldogs No. 16; Gambling 25



Football Update

SPARTANBURG, SC – South Carolina State, the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion and the league’s 2009 preseason pick is ranked 16th in the FCS Coaches preseason poll released Monday. Coach Buddy Pough’s team finished 13th in the final rankings of the 2008 poll.
Appalachian State, who defeated the Bulldogs in the first round of the FCS playoffs last season, is the number one pick for the third consecutive year, according to the release.
Grambling, last year’s SWAC Champion and the team SC State faces in the Sept. 6 MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando, is 25th in the poll.
The Bulldogs and Tigers are the only HBCUs in the rankings, although several others received votes, including six other MEAC schools -- Hampton, Florida A&M, Norfolk State, Bethune-Cookman, Morgan State and North Carolina A&T.
Other HBCUs receiving votes were Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference, and Prairie View, Jackson State, Southern and Alabama A&M of the SWAC.

2009 FCS Coaches Preseason Poll (August 24, 2009)

Team (1st votes) 2008 Record Points 2008 Final Ranking
1. Appalachian State (13) 11-3 665 5
2. Richmond (10) 13-3 660 1
3. Montana (2) 14-2 623 2
4. Northern Iowa (1) 12-3 584 4
5. Villanova (1) 10-3 569 6
6. James Madison (2) 12-2 528 3
7. Southern Illinois 9-3 468 10
18. New Hampshire 10-3 419 7
9. Weber State 10-4 405 9
10. Wofford 9-3 370 11
11. Elon 8-4 364 19
12. Central Arkansas 10-2 312 12
13. Cal Poly 8-3 282 13
14. William & Mary 7-4 239 20
15. McNeese State 7-4 237 21
16. South Carolina State 10-3 225 13
17. Eastern Washington 6-5 204 NR
18. Massachusetts (1) 7-5 196 NR
T19. Jacksonville State 8-3 145 22
T19. Maine 8-5 145 16
21. Texas State 8-5 137 23
22. Harvard 9-1 121 14
23. South Dakota State 7-5 101 NR
24. Hofstra 4-8 78 NR
25. Grambling State 11-2 77 24

Others receiving votes (points in parentheses): Liberty (76), Eastern Kentucky (72), Georgia Southern (66), Holy Cross (64), Delaware (63), Florida A&M (62), Youngstown State (56), North Dakota State (56), Furman (55), UT Martin (43), Colgate (40), Northern Arizona (34), Montana State (33), Tennessee State (25), Prairie View A&M (24), Eastern Illinois (22), UC Davis (19), Jackson State (17), Hampton (17), Southern University (13) San Diego (13), Western Illinois (12), Bethune-Cookman (12), Jacksonville (11), Princeton (10), Albany (9), Northwestern State (8), Norfolk State (4), Morgan State (3), North Carolina A&T (2), South Dakota (1), Lehigh (1), Alabama A&M (1)

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