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James Madison tops FCS preseason Top 25 poll

James Madison ended North Dakota State's run of FCS national championships last December, and on Monday the Dukes ended the Bison's run atop the FCS preseason poll.

For the first time since 2012, a team other than Fargo's finest is viewed as the top team in FCS heading into the season. North Dakota State came in at No. 2 behind Sam Houston State in the initial 2012 poll; the Bison beat Sam Houston State to win that season's national title.

North Dakota State is also No. 2 in this year's preseason poll. Could history repeat itself in 2017?

The full poll:

1. James Madison -- 4,034 total points (134 first-place votes)
2. North Dakota State -- 3,874 (19)
3. Sam Houston State -- 3,610 (7)
4. South Dakota State -- 3,385 (2)
5. Eastern Washington -- 3,270
6. Jacksonville State -- 3,081 (1)
7. Richmond -- 3,041
8. North Dakota -- 2,871
9. Youngstown State -- 2,658
10. Villanova -- 2,628
11. Wofford -- 2,543
12. Chattanooga -- 1,995
13. New Hampshire -- 1,741
14. Charleston Southern -- 1,710
15. Central Arkansas -- 1,685
16. The Citadel -- 1,545
17. Lehigh -- 1,369
18. Northern Iowa -- 924
19. Samford -- 893
20. Illinois State -- 876
21. Grambling State -- 692
22. Fordham -- 604
23. Cal Poly -- 427
24. Albany -- 418
25. Western Illinois -- 367