After enduring the postponement of the 2020 fall season, a long list of standout players entering the transfer portal, and wondering if a spring season would actually happen, it is finally FCS game week.
We at HERO Sports waited patiently, having confidence the spring season would happen but unsure of who’s in and who’s out for both players and teams. With game week here, it’s time to reveal our preseason Top 25 rankings.
How was the Top 25 ordered?
Senior writers Brian McLaughlin and Sam Herder both did their individual Top 25. Each slot was given a point total, they added it up, and ordered the rankings from there.
NOTE: Not included are teams who have opted out of playing a full spring season
1. North Dakota State 2. South Dakota State 3. Weber State 4. James Madison 5. Villanova 6. Northern Iowa 7. Kennesaw State 8. Furman 9. Illinois State 10. North Carolina A&T 11. Austin Peay 12. Albany 13. Delaware 14. Eastern Washington 15. Nicholls 16. Southern Illinois 17. New Hampshire 18. Jacksonville State 19. The Citadel 20. Sam Houston 21. Elon 22. Monmouth 23. Wofford 24. Chattanooga 25. Southeastern Louisiana
Received votes: Alcorn State, UT Martin, SEMO, William & Mary
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Sam’s coverage of the FCS began in 2012 as the sports editor and eventual editor-in-chief of NDSU’s The Spectrum. After graduating in 2015, he spent three years in the newspaper and magazine industry while starting his work for HERO Sports in the fall of 2016 as a freelancer. In May 2018, he joined the website full time as the Senior FCS Analyst.