Thursday, May 30, 2013

Stony Brook Football picked 4th in the CAA and 18th in the Top 25 by the Sports Network preseason poll...

We may be three months out from the official kickoff of the 2013 season, but preseason coverage is now well underway as the first of the FCS preseason polls was recently released by Sporting News. The publication has issued its annual preseason FCS Top 25 along with its predicted order of finish for each individual conference. You can find Sporting News’ top 25 rankings along with its predicted order of finish for CAA Football below.

Before we get to that, though, how about a few quick notes? After CAA Football led all conferences with six teams ranked in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls at the close of 2012, the league has an FCS-best five teams featured in Sporting News’ 2013 top 25 poll. James Madison senior LB Stephon Robertson was selected to the publication’s preseason FCS All-America Team and was also named the league’s top defensive returner. Stony Brook senior RB Marcus Coker was chosen as the top returner on offense, while Seawolves junior TE (and Florida State transfer) Will Tye was selected as the top newcomer.
Also keep in mind that the playoff picture is slightly different in 2013, as 24 teams will vie for the national title as compared to the 20-team format that has been featured since 2010. Eight teams will receive opening-round byes and await the winners of the 16 programs playing in the tournament’s first round. It should also be noted that the Pioneer League will receive its first-ever automatic playoff berth in 2013, while the Ivy League and SWAC will maintain their traditions of not sending teams to the playoffs.
2013 FCS PRESEASON TOP 25 (2012 TSN/FCS Coaches Poll final rankings)
1. North Dakota State (1/1)
2.Georgia Southern* (3/3)
3. Montana State (5/5)
4. Eastern Washington (4/4)
5. Appalachian State* (9/8)
6. Sam Houston State (2/2)
7. Villanova (15/16)
8. South Dakota State (14/17)
9. Illinois State (8/9)
10. Old Dominion* (6/6)
11. Central Arkansas (10/10)
12. Northern Iowa (RV/-)
13. Towson (17/15)
14. Montana (RV/-)
15. Richmond (18/18)
16. Arkansas Pine-Bluff (RV/RV)
17. Northern Arizona (20/20)
18. Stony Brook (11/12)
19. Eastern Illinois (RV/25)
20. Chattanooga (-/-)
21. Cal Poly (12/12)
22. New Hampshire (13/13)
23. Colgate (25/RV)
24. Sacramento State (RV/-)
25. Bethune-Cookman (22/23)
Ineligible for 2013 FCS Playoffs
2. Towson*
3. Richmond*
4. Stony Brook
5. New Hampshire*
6. James Madison
7. Maine
8. UAlbany
9. Delaware
10. William and Mary
11. Rhode Island
* 2012 CAA Football Co-Champion
! 2012 League Automatic Qualifier