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FCS 2018: Southern Conference Preview

(STATS) - Defending champion Wofford has the schedule a Southern Conference team doesn't want this year.

The Terriers have to go on the road to face the other four teams in the top five of the SoCon preseason coaches poll - Samford, Furman, Western Carolina and Chattanooga.

Home cooking is much preferred.

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Walter Payton Award
(STATS) - Jeremiah Briscoe's humility shined on a weekly basis this season. At every opportunity, the Sam Houston State quarterback credited his team's wide receivers and offensive linemen for his success.
Buck Buchanan Award
(STATS) - People are quick to describe Jacksonville State's Darius Jackson as easygoing by nature.
Doris Robinson Award
(STATS) - Wide receiver Jake Wieneke has been met in the end zone by smiles throughout his career at South Dakota State - an incredible 59 times after scoring touchdowns.
Jerry Rice Award
(STATS) - Bryson Armstrong wasn't heavily recruited out of high school, so he jumped at a scholarship offer from Kennesaw State, just 10 minutes down the road from where he grew up.
FCS Bracketology
STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 8/6/2018
Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (0-0) 3919 (151) NR
2 James Madison (0-0) 3764 (6) NR
3 South Dakota State (0-0) 3470 NR
4 Sam Houston State (0-0) 3228 NR
5 Kennesaw State (0-0) 3120 NR
6 Jacksonville State (0-0) 3041 NR
7 New Hampshire (0-0) 2873 NR
8 Weber State (0-0) 2815 NR
9 Eastern Washington (0-0) 2541 NR
10 Wofford (0-0) 2087 NR
11 Samford (0-0) 2003 NR
12 Elon (0-0) 1812 NR
13 UNI (0-0) 1612 NR
14 North Carolina A&T (0-0) 1480 NR
15 Delaware (0-0) 1470 NR
16 Central Arkansas (0-0) 1383 NR
17 McNeese (0-0) 1133 NR
18 Nicholls (0-0) 1056 NR
19 Villanova (0-0) 920 NR
20 Stony Brook (0-0) 798 NR
21 Illinois State (0-0) 795 NR
22 Austin Peay (0-0) 709 NR
23 Furman (0-0) 685 NR
24 Montana (0-0) 626 NR
25 Youngstown State (0-0) 541 NR
Others: South Dakota (496) , Western Illinois (401) , Southern Utah (357) , Northern Arizona (312) , Grambling State (289) , Idaho (287) , Yale (252) , Sacramento State (208) , San Diego (202) , Richmond (91) , Monmouth (53) , Colgate (45) , Lehigh (27) , Central Connecticut State (23) , North Dakota (13) , UC Davis (12) , Western Carolina (10) , Bethune-Cookman (9) , Montana State (8) , Stephen F. Austin (7) , Eastern Illinois (6) , Mercer (6) , Southern Illinois (4) , Harvard (4) , Howard (4) , Columbia (3) , Dartmouth (3) , Duquesne (3) , North Carolina Central (3) , Citadel (2) , Alcorn State (2) , UT Martin (1) , Southeastern Louisiana (1)
FCS Coaches Poll
Rankings as of 8/13/2018
Rank School Prev
1 North Dakota State (0-0) NR
2 James Madison (0-0) NR
3 South Dakota State (0-0) NR
4 Sam Houston State (0-0) NR
5 Kennesaw State (0-0) NR
6 Jacksonville State (0-0) NR
7 Eastern Washington (0-0) NR
8 Weber State (0-0) NR
9 New Hampshire (0-0) NR
10 Samford (0-0) NR
11 Wofford (0-0) NR
12 UNI (0-0) NR
13 Elon (0-0) NR
14 North Carolina A&T (0-0) NR
15 Central Arkansas (0-0) NR
16 Delaware (0-0) NR
17 Nicholls (0-0) NR
18 McNeese (0-0) NR
19 Villanova (0-0) NR
20 Illinois State (0-0) NR
21 Furman (0-0) NR
22 Stony Brook (0-0) NR
23 Austin Peay (0-0) NR
24 Youngstown State (0-0) NR
25 Montana (0-0) NR
FCS Spring Outlooks

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