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UC Davis At No. 5 In Coaches Preseason Poll

DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis football enters the season as the No. 5 team in the Football Championship Subdivision for a third poll, this time by the American Football Coaches Association. The Aggies previously checked in at the same position in the STATS and Athlon Sports preseason rankings.

Located in Waco, Texas, the AFCA consists of thousands of coaches from all levels of the game, ranging from Pop Warner youth leagues to the NFL.   

UC Davis finished the season at No. 8 in the AFCA poll in 2018, thanks to a 10-3 overall record, a share of the Big Sky Conference championship, and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS postseason. Defending national champion North Dakota State tops the coaches’ poll with 644 total points and 23 of the 26 first-place votes. 

The Aggies are among four Big Sky teams in the AFCA poll, along with No. 3 Eastern Washington, No. 9 Weber State and No. Montana State. Additionally, Montana, Northern Arizona and North Dakota are among the teams receiving votes. UC Davis begins its 2019 season at California on August 31.

2019 AFCA FCS PRESEASON POLL
1. North Dakota State (23), 644
2. James Madison (1), 597
3. Eastern Washington (2), 588
4. South Dakota State, 579
5. UC Davis, 537
6. Jacksonville State, 500
7. Maine, 473
8. Wofford, 437
9. Weber State, 432
10. Kennesaw State, 404
11. Nicholls, 385
12. Towson, 349
13. Illinois State, 290
14. Colgate, 272
15. Montana State, 271
16. Indiana State, 192
17. Furman, 183
18. Southeast Missouri State, 178
19. North Carolina A&T, 158
20. Northern Iowa, 157
21. Elon, 155
22. Sam Houston State, 117
23. Delaware, 87
24. Princeton, 85
25. Central Arkansas, 66

Others Receiving Votes: Montana, 52; Yale, 41; Incarnate Word, 31; East Tennessee State, 23; Tennessee-Chattanooga, 23; Northern Arizona, 20; Idaho, 18; North Dakota, 17; Alcorn State, 16; Monmouth (N.J.), 13; Eastern Kentucky, 12; Dartmouth, 11; South Dakota, 9; Duquesne, 7; Stony Brook, 7; McNeese, 4; San Diego, 3; New Hampshire, 2; Southern, 2; The Citadel, 2; Lamar, 1.