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FCS preseason Coaches' Poll released

Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald

The FCS preseason Coaches' Top 25 was released Wednesday and, you're not going to believe this, North Dakota State garnered the top spot.

The four-time defending national champions received 24 of the 24 available first-place votes, while 2014 runner-up Illinois State came in at No. 2. Villanova, Sam Houston State and Coastal Carolina rounded out the top 25; only 10 points separated spots three through five.

See the full top 25 below:

1. North Dakota State (24 first-place votes) - 600 points
2. Illinois State - 551
3. Villanova - 512
4. Sam Houston State - 511
5. Coastal Carolina - 502
6. Eastern Washington - 481
7. New Hampshire - 445
8. Chattanooga - 409
9. Jacksonville State - 396
10. Northern Iowa - 381
11. Montana State - 296
12. Montana - 278
13. James Madison - 272
14. Liberty - 256
15. South Dakota State - 215
16. Youngstown State - 205
17. Eastern Kentucky - 171
18. Richmond - 170
19. Southeastern Louisiana - 164
20. Indiana State - 106
21. Fordham - 103
22. Harvard - 99
23. McNeese State - 91
24. Idaho State - 82
25. Eastern Illinois - 73

No. 1 North Dakota State opens the 2015 college football season in the FCS Kickoff at No. 12 Montana on Aug. 29 on ESPN (1:30 p.m. ET). Brent Musberger and Jesse Palmer will be on hand in Missoula to describe the action.