North Carolina A&T Aggies: #25 in Coaches Poll

The North Carolina A&T Aggies received sole inclusion from the state in the first preseason top 25 poll of the year.

The North Carolina A&T Aggies can make one claim that is similar to their FBS Tar Heel brethren. They too are ranked in the first Coaches Poll. This Coaches Poll is the FCS one and finds the Aggies down at twenty-fifth. They are pretty lonely done there too as no other North Carolina FCS school is there to join them.

If one peers at the other schools that received votes, you can find North Carolina Central down there. The Eagles got eight votes from coaches to gain a mention not a spot in the poll.

Perhaps this should not be too surprising. The state lost two potential FCS poll options when Appalachian State and Charlotte left the division two years ago. Perhaps all that is needed is time for another local school to raise its head and crash the FCS party.

The FCS Preseason Coaches Poll looks like this:

  1. North Dakota State
  2. Sam Houston State
  3. Jacksonville State
  4. Richmond
  5. Northern Iowa
  6. Charleston Southern
  7. Chattanooga
  8. Illinois State
  9. McNeese State
  10. William and Mary
  11. James Madison
  12. Portland State
  13. Montana
  14. South Dakota State
  15. The Citadel
  16. Colgate
  17. Eastern Washington
  18. Northern Arizona
  19. Harvard
  20. Fordham
  21. North Dakota
  22. Villanova
  23. Southern Utah
  24. Western Illinois
  25. North Carolina A&T

Others receiving votes:

Eastern Illinois 70, Eastern Kentucky 70, New Hampshire 60, Towson 56, Bethune-Cookman 51, South Carolina State 49, Youngstown State 40, Dartmouth 37, Montana State 31, Liberty 25, Jackson State 24, Southeastern Louisiana 17, Southeast Missouri State 17, Samford 16, Monmouth 16, Penn 10, Alcorn State 8, North Carolina Central 8, Duquesne 5, Stephen F Austin 5, Weber State 5, Dayton 4, Prairie View A&M 3, South Dakota 3, San Diego 3, Wofford 2, Grambling State 2, Bryant 1

The Aggies open their season against St. Augustine’s on the third of September. From there we will just have to see if they can trek up the poll. They will face tests against FBS foes Kent State and Tulsa on the way before settling down into MEAC play.