Very Early Preseason FCS Top 25 Compilation

Hot Beef Take

We’re only ten weeks and some change away from the beginning of FCS football season and already five major websites and/or magazine publications have released their 2018 Top 25’s. So before we go any further, I want to give a shout out to the following entities…

Street & Smith’s



HERO Sports

College Sports Madness

I don’t really have to give a shout out to the CSM, as I am the lead contributor for FCS football. The other four are all high quality publications and/or websites and I would suggest reading all their material and listening to their podcasts, as they help promote the FCS brand. The quality and quantity of their combined content is something special for the mistakenly, and sometimes, forgotten greatest level of college football, the Football Championship Subdivision.

So what I did was take the Top 25 from each of these outlets and did a compilation Top 25. Giving each an equal weight and ranking the teams accordingly, using the standard 25-to-1 point system. Meaning a #1 vote gives a team 25 points, a #2 team gets 24 and so on down to a #25 team getting 1 point.

As no surprise to anybody, all five rankings tabbed North Dakota State as their preseason #1. Being the FCS defending champion and returning a plethora of talent helps in that cause. Also, not shocking, everybody listed James Madison as their #2. Being the only team to upset the Bison’s apple cart of national championships in the last seven years will do that for you. Four different teams were listed as a #3 and each of them finished in this compilation between #3 and #6. None of those teams were listed in the Top 5 on every ballot.

The Big Sky and the Colonial lead the way with five teams each in the compilation Top 25. The Missouri Valley and the Southland each have four teams, the Southern have three, the Ohio Valley lands two and the Big South and the Mid-Eastern each have one representative.

Rank.  Team, Total Points(maximum of 125)

  1. North Dakota State, 125
  2. James Madison, 120
  3. Kennesaw State, 108
  4. South Dakota State, 107
  5. New Hampshire, 98
  6. Sam Houston State, 96
  7. Jacksonville State, 95
  8. Eastern Washington, 92
  9. Samford, 82
  10. Elon, 70
  11. Weber State, 62
  12. Northern Iowa, 57
  13. Delaware, 56
  14. Wofford, 46
  15. Villanova, 44
  16. Nicholls, 42
  17. North Carolina A&T, 41
  18. McNeese, 35
  19. Furman, 34
  20. Illinois State, 34
  21. Austin Peay, 27
  22. Northern Arizona, 26
  23. Montana, 22
  24. Idaho, 18
  25. Central Arkansas, 17

Others receiving votes: Yale 15, Youngstown State 15, Sacramento State 10, South Dakota 10, San Diego 6, Montana State 4, UC-Davis 4, Stony Brook 3, Lehigh 2, Richmond 2.