Nicholls favored in wild Southland

(STATS) - Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe said he hopes all of his Southland Conference counterparts get the ending they want this season.

The Southland's preseason poll, released Thursday at media day, suggests Rebowe will be the happiest. His Colonels squad was installed as a decisive favorite to repeat as the conference champion with Central Arkansas picked second; Incarnate Word, which earned a share of the title, third; and Sam Houston State fourth among the 11 teams.

As coaches often do, though, Rebowe took the proverbial guarded position heading into the season. He pointed out that his team can't flip to the final chapter of its 2019 book or fast-forward to the end of the movie.

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Walter Payton Award
  • Team: Samford
  • Height: 73
  • Weight: 210
  • Position: QB
The 2018 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award winner led the FCS in completions (388), attempts (550) and passing yards (4,283) while accounting for 40 touchdowns (32 passing, eight rushing) in 11 games. A three-time Southern Conference offensive player of the year, Hodges became the all-time FCS passing yards leader (14,584).
Buck Buchanan Award
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Doris Robinson Award
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Jerry Rice Award
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FCS Bracketology
STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 1/7/2019
Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (15-0) 3900 (156) 1
2 Eastern Washington (12-3) 3741 4
3 South Dakota State (10-3) 3563 5
4 Maine (10-4) 3299 12
5 Kennesaw State (11-2) 3224 2
6 Weber State (10-3) 3096 3
7 UC Davis (10-3) 2939 7
8 Colgate (10-2) 2836 9
9 James Madison (9-4) 2532 6
10 Jacksonville State (9-4) 2360 8
11 Princeton (10-0) 2189 10
12 North Carolina A&T (10-2) 2136 11
13 Wofford (9-4) 2135 13
14 Nicholls (9-4) 1951 14
15 Southeast Missouri State (9-4) 1587 20
16 Stony Brook (7-5) 1163 15
17 Montana State (8-5) 1157 23
18 Dartmouth (9-1) 981 18
19 Elon (6-5) 909 17
20 Towson (7-5) 803 16
21 Duquesne (9-4) 699 NR
22 ETSU (8-4) 686 22
23 UNI (7-6) 676 NR
24 Delaware (7-5) 670 21
25 San Diego (9-3) 635 19
Others: Indiana State (239) , UIW (187) , Alcorn State (147) , Lamar (133) , Furman (43) , Monmouth (25) , Idaho State (15) , Illinois State (14) , McNeese (14) , Eastern Kentucky (5) , Samford (4) , Montana (2) , Rhode Island (2) , Stetson (2) , Southern University (1)
FCS Coaches Poll
Rankings as of 1/7/2019
Rank School Prev
1 North Dakota State (15-0) 1
2 Eastern Washington (12-3) 3
3 South Dakota State (10-3) 5
4 Kennesaw State (11-2) 2
5 Maine (10-4) 14
6 Weber State (10-3) 4
7 Colgate (10-2) 7
8 UC Davis (10-3) 10
9 Princeton (10-0) 8
10 James Madison (9-4) 6
11 North Carolina A&T (10-2) 11
12 Wofford (9-4) 12
13 Jacksonville State (9-4) 9
14 Nicholls (9-4) 13
15 Dartmouth (9-1) 15
16 Southeast Missouri State (9-4) 20
17 Montana State (8-5) 24
18 Stony Brook (7-5) 16
19 Elon (6-5) 17
20 San Diego (9-3) 18
21 ETSU (8-4) 21
22 Towson (7-5) 19
23 Delaware (7-5) 23
24 Duquesne (9-4) NR
25 Indiana State (7-4) 22
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