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UC Davis Ranked No. 5 In STATS Preseason Poll

DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis football entered the season among the top five in yet another national poll, this time earning a No. 5 spot in the STATS FCS preseason Top 25, the website announced.

Hosted on the website fcs.football.com and sponsored by STATS LLC, this poll is one of two weekly rankings released throughout the season. It is based on votes from sports information directors from every FCS conference around the country, plus staff writers from the site itself.

Defending national champion North Dakota State claimed the top spot and garnered 142 of the 160 first-place votes. UC Davis is one of five Big Sky Conference teams to crack the Top 25, along with No. 4 Eastern Washington, No. 8 Weber State, No. 14 Montana State and No. 25 Montana. The Aggies went 10-3 in 2018, capturing a share of the Big Sky title and advancing to their first FCS playoff appearance in school history.

UC Davis previously checked at No. 3 on HERO Sports’ preseason rankings, and No. 5 by Athlon Sports. The team begins its 2019 season at California on August 31.

2019 STATS FCS PRESEASON POLL

1. North Dakota State (15-0), 3,971 points (142 first-place votes)

2. James Madison (9-4), 3,635 (14).

3. South Dakota State (10-3), 3,631 (1).

4. Eastern Washington (12-3), 3,594 (3).

5. UC Davis (10-3), 3,210.

6. Jacksonville State (9-4), 3,004.

7. Maine (10-4), 2,891.

8. Weber State (10-3), 2,827.

9. Wofford (10-3), 2,522.

10. Kennesaw State (11-2), 2,361.

11. Towson (7-5), 2,330.

12. Nicholls (9-4), 2,156.

13. Colgate (10-2), 1,892.

14. Montana State (8-5), 1,866.

15. Illinois State (6-5), 1,432.

16. Indiana State (7-4), 1,192.

17. Southeast Missouri (9-4), 1,166.

18. Northern Iowa (7-6), 1,136.

19. Furman (6-4), 1,074.

20. North Carolina A&T (10-2), 885.

21. Elon (6-5), 870.

22. Delaware (7-5), 798.

23. Sam Houston State (6-5), 564.

24. Princeton (10-0), 432.

25. Montana (6-5), 413.

Others Receiving Votes: ETSU (8-4) 323, Stony Brook (7-5) 257, Duquesne (9-4) 235, San Diego (9-3) 209, Eastern Kentucky (7-4) 175, Dartmouth (9-1) 149, Central Arkansas (6-5) 125, McNeese (6-5) 110, Monmouth (8-3) 110, IUW (6-5) 108, Alcorn State (9-4) 85, Yale (5-5) 52, New Hampshire (4-7) 42, Chattanooga (6-5) 38, South Dakota (4-7) 27, Northern Arizona (4-6) 16, Lamar (7-5) 14, Villanova (5-6) 14, Richmond (4-7) 8, The Citadel (5-6) 7, Mercer (5-6) 7, Rhode Island (6-5) 7, Abilene Christian (6-5) 6, Southeastern Louisiana (4-7) 6, 5, Idaho State (6-5) 5, Youngstown State (4-7) 4, Southern (7-4) 3, Samford (6-5) 2, North Dakota (6-5) 1, Sacred Heart (7-4) 1, Wagner (4-7) 1, Western Illinois (5-6) 1