The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team grabbed its first official preseason ranking today. The Mocs are No. 25 in the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason Coaches Poll.
This is the second time in three seasons UTC has garnered a preseason ranking. The Mocs were ranked No. 21 in the 2011 Sports Network Preseason Top-25. Prior to that, the last time Chattanooga snagged any official preseason recognition was a No. 17 ranking in the Sporting News poll in 1992. The FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Top-25 are the only two polls currently recognized by the NCAA.
The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.
For the second straight season, the North Dakota State Bison will start the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll. The Bison are coming off back-to-back FCS National Championships in 2011 and 2012, going 28-2 over that. NDSU received 23 of 26 first place votes to earn the top spot.
Montana State is No. 2, while fellow Big Sky-member Eastern Washington is third. Sam Houston State is fourth and SoCon-for Wofford is fifth. Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, New Hampshire, Villanova and Illinois State round out the top 10.
A number of Chattanooga opponents received votes, including The Citadel (39), Samford (10) and UT Martin. Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Charlotte and Old Dominion are all ineligible for the Coaches Poll due to their transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
The Mocs return 10 starters on both sides of the ball to a team that went 6-5 last season. UTC opens the season against UT Martin with a Thursday night game on Aug. 29. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.). at Finley Stadium. Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).
Preseason 2012 FCS Coaches Preseason Poll (August 6, 2013)
|No.||Team (No. 1 Votes)||2012 Record||Points||Final 2012 Ranking|
|1.||North Dakota State (23)||14-1||645||1|
|2.||Montana State (1)||11-2||591||5|
|4.||Sam Houston State (1)||11-4||534||2|
|7.||South Dakota State||9-4||410||17|
Others receiving votes: Wagner (87), Colgate (67), Tennessee State (52), Harvard (48), Delaware (47), The Citadel (39), Liberty (39), Arkansas Pine-Bluff (35), Indiana State (27), Stephen F. Austin (19), McNeese State (16), Penn (13), Alcorn State (12), Jacksonville State (11), Samford (10), Norfolk State (7), Alabama State (7), UC Davis (7), Southern Illinois (6), Maine (5), Albany (5), Tennessee Tech (5), UT Martin (4), Gardner Webb (4), Sacramento State (3), Hampton (3), San Diego (2), Jackson State (1), Missouri State (1), Brown (1)