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2008 FCS Coaches Poll

8/19– Spartanburg, S.C. – Three-time defending FCS national champion Appalachian State received more preseason praise Thursday as the Mountaineers were selected the unanimous number one team in the country in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll. ASU received all 24 first-place votes in collecting 600 total points.

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After a 10-1 record in their final season in the Great West Conference, North Dakota State, now in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, came in at No. 2. Rounding out the top 10 were James Madison, Northern Iowa, Massachusetts, 2007 FCS semifinalist Richmond, Montana, 2007 FCS Championship runner-up Delaware, Eastern Washington and McNeese State.

Three conferences dominated the polls as the newly renamed Missouri Valley Football Conference, formerly Gateway, and the Colonial Athletic Association each had six teams. The Southern Conference was close behind with five teams.

The MVC football teams ranked were North Dakota State (2), Northern Iowa (4), 2007 FCS semifinalist Southern Illinois (11), Youngstown State (12), South Dakota State (20) and Western Illinois (22).

The CAA had four teams in the top 10 with James Madison leading the way at No. 3, with Massachusetts (5), Richmond (6) and Delaware (8) also in the top 10. New Hampshire was ranked at No. 16 and Villanova came in at No. 19.

The SoCon was led by Appalachian State at No. 1, with Wofford (13), Elon (15), Georgia Southern (17) and The Citadel (23) also ranked.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

2008 FCS Coaches Preseason Poll (August 21, 2008)

Team (1st votes) 2007 Record Points 2007 Final Ranking

1. Appalachian State (24) 13-2 600 1
2. North Dakota State 10-1 527 9
3. James Madison 8-4 513 7
4. Northern Iowa 12-1 508 5
5. Massachusetts 10-3 488 6
6. Richmond 11-3 456 4
7. Montana 11-1 444 12
8. Delaware 11-4 419 2
9. Eastern Washington 9-4 393 8
10. McNeese State 11-1 366 11
11. Southern Illinois 12-2 329 3
12. Youngstown State 7-4 320 17
13. Wofford 9-4 316 10
14. Cal Poly 7-4 275 NR
15. Elon 7-4 247 23
16. New Hampshire 7-5 231 14
17. Georgia Southern 7-4 185 18
18. Eastern Illinois 8-4 182 15
19. Villanova 7-4 148 NR
20. South Dakota State 7-4 135 22
21. Eastern Kentucky 9-3 105 13
22. Western Illinois 6-5 67 NR
23. The Citadel 7-4 60 NR
24. Harvard 8-2 42 20
25. Central Arkansas 6-5 41 NR

Other receiving votes (points in parentheses): Fordham (40), Northern Arizona (40), Delaware State (36), Liberty (33), Yale (32), Jacksonville State (30), South Carolina State (27), Sam Houston State (24), Montana State (23), Hampton (22), Hofstra (18), Furman (13), Holy Cross (9), San Diego (8), Grambling State (7), UT Martin (6), Towson (5), Coastal Carolina (5), North Dakota (5), Maine (4), Weber State (4), Jackson State (4), UC Davis (3), Dayton (2), Florida A&M (1), Prairie View A&M (1), Missouri State (1).

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2008 FCS Coaches Poll – Week 1 (September 1, 2008)

Team (1st votes) Record Points Previous Ranking
1. North Dakota State (13) 1-0 671 2
2. Appalachian State (12) 0-1 664 1
3. Richmond (1) 1-0 603 6
4. Massachusetts 1-0 587 5
5. Northern Iowa 0-1 569 4
6. Montana 0-0 539 7
7. Delaware (1) 0-1 519 8
8. James Madison 0-1 482 3
9. McNeese State 0-1 466 10
10. Eastern Washington 0-1 460 9
11. Cal Poly (1) 1-0 435 14
12. Southern Illinois 0-0 427 11
13. Wofford 1-0 349 13
14. Youngstown State 0-1 327 12
15. New Hampshire 0-0 290 16
16. Georgia Southern 0-1 237 17
17. Western Illinois 0-1 179 22
18. Eastern Illinois 0-1 173 18
19. Elon 0-1 160 15
T20. Villanova 0-1 155 19
T20. South Dakota State 0-1 155 20
22. Eastern Kentucky 0-1 113 13
23. The Citadel 1-0 94 23
24. Central Arkansas 1-0 82 25
25. Harvard 0-0 47 24

Other receiving votes (points in parentheses): Northern Arizona (39), Fordham (35), Montana State (34), UC Davis (30), Delaware State (29), Sam Houston State (22), Yale (18), Furman (16), Hofstra (13), Holy Cross (11), Liberty (11), South Carolina State (10), Jacksonville State (9), Hampton (7), Tennessee State (5), Florida A&M (5), Prairie View A&M (5), Weber State (4), Maine (4), Sacramento State (3), Dayton (3), Missouri State (2), Grambling State (1), Stony Brook (1).

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2008 FCS Coaches Poll – Week 2 (September 8, 2008)
1 North Dakota State (20) 2-0 668 1
2 Appalachian State (7) 1-1 648 2
3 Montana 1-0 582 6
4 Richmond 1-1 572 3
5 Massachusetts 2-0 567 4
6 Delaware 0-1 493 7
7 James Madison 1-1 484 8
8 Northern Iowa 1-1 477 5
9 McNeese State 1-1 432 9
10 New Hampshire 1-0 382 15
11 Wofford 2-0 369 13
12 Cal Poly 1-1 365 11
13 Southern Illinois 1-0 361 12
14 Eastern Washington 0-1 352 10
15 Georgia Southern 1-1 260 16
16 Western Illinois 1-1 254 17
17 South Dakota State 1-1 243 20
18 Elon 1-1 183 19
19 Central Arkansas 2-0 178 24
20 Eastern Illinois 0-2 152 18
21 Villanova 0-1 130 20
22 The Citadel 1-1 75 23
23 Furman 1-1 72 33
24 Youngstown State 0-2 66 14
25 Delaware State 1-0 54 30
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Arizona(1-1) 40; Liberty(2-0) 37; Harvard(0-0) 35; Jacksonville State(1-1) 24; Eastern Kentucky(0-2) 23; Sam Houston State(1-0) 22; Prairie View A&M(2-0) 21; South Carolina State(1-1) 19; Fordham(1-0) 19; Holy Cross(0-1) 17; Tennessee State(2-0) 16; Montana State(1-1) 15; Hampton(1-1) 11; San Diego(2-0) 9; Hofstra(0-1) 9; Texas State-San Marcos(1-1) 8; Grambling(1-1) 8; North Carolina A&T(2-0) 5; Sacramento State(1-1) 3; Weber State(1-1) 3; Yale(0-0) 3; UC Davis(0-2) 3; William & Mary(0-1) 2; Florida A&M(1-1) 1; Lehigh(1-0) 1; Dayton(1-0) 1; Coastal Carolina(0-2) 1

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2008 FCS Coaches Poll – Week 3 (September 15, 2008)
Team (1st Votes) Record Points Previous Ranking
1. Appalachian State (17) 1-1 686 2
2. North Dakota State (9) 2-1 659 1
3. Richmond 2-1 619 4
4. Montana (2) 2-0 618 3
5. James Madison 2-1 592 7
6. Delaware 1-1 549 6
7. Northern Iowa 1-1 493 8
8. McNeese State 1-1 462 9
9. Massachusetts 2-1 456 5
10. New Hampshire 2-0 428 10
11. Cal Poly 1-1 394 12
12. Wofford 2-0 388 11
13. South Dakota State 2-1 376 17
T14. Georgia Southern 2-1 274 15
T14. Southern Illinois 1-1 274 13
16. Central Arkansas 3-0 260 19
17. Eastern Washington 0-2 258 14
18. Elon 2-1 239 18
19. Villanova 1-1 185 21
20. Eastern Illinois 1-2 174 20
21. Western Illinois 1-2 147 16
22. The Citadel 1-1 93 22
23. Furman 2-1 87 23
24. Youngstown State 1-2 60 24
25. Liberty 3-0 59 NR

Other receiving votes (pts in parentheses): Harvard (40), Northern Arizona (31), South Carolina State (26), Hampton (20), Jacksonville State (19), Sam Houston State (17), Delaware State (16) Montana State (15), Tennessee State (10), Maine (9), Sacramento State (8), Prairie View A&M (8), UC Davis (8), Eastern Kentucky (8), North Dakota (7), Holy Cross (6), San Diego (6), Weber State (5), Yale (4), Dayton (2), Lafayette (2), Fordham (1), Northeastern (1), Florida A&M (1).

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2008 FCS Coaches Poll – Week 4 (September 22, 2008)
Team (1st Votes) Record Points Previous Ranking
1. James Madison (11) 3-1 672 5
2. Richmond (11) 3-1 665 3
3. Montana (6) 3-0 650 4
4. Appalachian State 1-2 585 1
5. Northern Iowa 2-1 575 7
6. McNeese State 1-1 504 8
7. North Dakota State 2-2 490 2
8. New Hampshire 3-0 471 10
9. Cal Poly 2-1 437 11
10. Massachusetts 2-2 374 9
11. Wofford 2-1 364 12
12. Delaware 1-2 348 6
13. Southern Illinois 1-1 343 T14
14. Elon 3-1 332 18
15. Central Arkansas 4-0 313 16
16. Eastern Washington 1-2 308 17
17. Furman 3-1 242 23
18. South Dakota State 2-2 215 13
19. Villanova 2-1 202 19
20. Eastern Illinois 2-2 183 20
21. Western Illinois 2-2 136 21
22. Georgia Southern 2-2 131 T14
23. Youngstown State 2-2 113 24
24. The Citadel 2-1 111 22
25. Tennessee State 4-0 78 NR

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): Liberty (63), Jacksonville State (32), Northern Arizona (31), Harvard (19), Hampton (14), Prairie View A&M (14), Montana State (10), Delaware State (8), Weber State (7), Sam Houston State (7), William & Mary (6), North Dakota (4), San Diego (3), Yale (3), Holy Cross (1), UT Martin (1), South Carolina State (1), Texas State (1), Lafayette (1), Florida A&M (1).

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9/29
Team (1st Votes) Record Points Previous Ranking
1. James Madison (23) 4-1 671 1
2. Montana (4) 4-0 638 3
3. Appalachian State 2-2 621 4
4. McNeese State 2-1 572 6
5. New Hampshire 4-0 517 8
6. North Dakota State 2-2 493 7
7. Richmond 3-2 477 2
8. Cal Poly 2-1 470 9
9. Wofford 3-1 421 11
10. Northern Iowa 2-2 397 5
11. Southern Illinois 2-1 390 13
12. Massachusetts 2-2 376 10
13. Eastern Washington 2-2 347 16
14. Delaware 2-2 344 12
15. Elon 4-1 305 14
16. Villanova 3-1 303 19
17. Furman 4-1 268 17
18. South Dakota State 3-2 218 18
19. Central Arkansas 4-1 197 15
20. The Citadel 3-1 152 24
21. Liberty 4-0 131 NR
22. Western Illinois 2-2 129 21
23. Jacksonville State 3-1 78 NR
24. Northern Arizona 3-1 44 NR
25. Eastern Illinois 2-3 40 20

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): Georgia Southern (33), Montana State (25), Youngstown State (20), Tennessee State (19), Hampton (16), Sam Houston State (14), William & Mary (12), South Carolina State (6), Florida A&M (6), Holy Cross (5), Lafayette (5), Jackson State (3), Prairie View A&M (3), Colgate (2), Hofstra (2), San Diego (2), UT Martin (1), SE Louisiana (1), Harvard (1).

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10/6/08

Team (1st Votes) Record Points Previous Ranking
1. James Madison (28) 5-1 700 1
2. Appalachian State 3-2 659 3
3. McNeese State 3-1 630 4
4. New Hampshire 4-0 585 5
5. Richmond 4-2 549 7
6. North Dakota State 3-2 540 6
7. Cal Poly 3-1 526 8
8. Northern Iowa 3-2 484 10
9. Wofford 3-1 473 9
10. Montana 4-1 463 2
11. Massachusetts 3-2 425 12
12. Elon 5-1 391 15
13. Villanova 4-1 366 16
14. Central Arkansas 4-1 296 19
15. Southern Illinois 2-2 265 11
16. Liberty 5-0 259 21
17. Northern Arizona 4-1 204 24
18. Jacksonville State 4-1 193 23
19. Western Illinois 3-2 182 22
20. Delaware 2-3 151 14
21. Furman 4-2 118 17
22. Eastern Washington 2-3 107 13
23. South Dakota State 3-3 81 18
24. Tennessee State 5-1 73 NR
25. The Citadel 3-2 64 20

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): Montana State (55), Eastern Illinois (49), Weber State (45), Hampton (44), Georgia Southern (35), Sam Houston State (19), South Carolina State (17), San Diego (14), Maine (11), Harvard (6), Florida A&M (3), Cornell (2), Youngstown State (2), William & Mary (2), Prairie View A&M (1), Southern (1).

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10/13/08

Team (1st Votes) Record Points Previous Ranking
1. James Madison (28) 6-1 700 1
2. Appalachian State 4-2 664 2
3. Cal Poly 3-1 599 7
4. Northern Iowa 4-2 589 8
5. Montana 5-1 548 10
6. Wofford 4-1 526 9
7. Massachusetts 4-2 494 11
8. Elon 6-1 457 12
9. Richmond 4-3 453 5
10. Villanova 4-1 430 13
11. New Hampshire 4-1 420 4
12. McNeese State 3-2 396 3
13. Central Arkansas 5-1 385 14
14. Southern Illinois 3-2 316 15
15. Liberty 6-0 302 16
16. North Dakota State 3-3 287 6
17. Northern Arizona 5-1 281 17
18. Western Illinois 4-2 284 19
19. Furman 5-2 200 21
20. Weber State 5-2 166 NR
21. Tennessee State 5-1 130 24
22. South Dakota State 3-3 87 23
23. Jacksonville State 4-2 69 18
24. Hampton 4-1 58 NR
25. Georgia Southern 3-3 27 NR

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): South Carolina State (26), William and Mary (24), Delaware (23), San Diego (21), Eastern Washington (18), Maine (16), Harvard (16), Texas State (14), The Citadel (13), Sam Houston State (9), Montana State (7), Lafayette (6), Northwestern State (6), Prairie View A&M (6), Grambling State (5), Southern (5), Northeastern (4), Colgate (3), UT Martin (3), UC Davis (3), Dayton (2), Florida A&M (2).

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10/20

1. James Madison (27) 6-1 699 1
2. Appalachian State 5-2 664 2
3. Cal Poly 4-1 622 3
4. Northern Iowa 5-2 601 4
5. Montana 6-1 567 5
6. Wofford (1) 5-1 557 6
7. Elon 7-1 518 8
8. Richmond 5-3 501 9
9. Villanova 5-1 472 10
10. New Hampshire 5-1 429 11
11. McNeese State 4-2 415 12
12. Central Arkansas 6-1 396 13
13. Southern Illinois 4-2 346 14
14. Western Illinois 5-2 317 17
15. Northern Arizona 6-1 303 18
16. Massachusetts 4-3 278 7
17. Weber State 6-2 248 20
18. Furman 6-2 245 19
19. Tennessee State 6-1 180 21
20. Jacksonville State 5-2 149 23
21. Liberty 6-1 118 15
22. Hampton 5-1 116 24
23. William and Mary 4-2 62 NR
24. South Carolina State 5-2 52 NR
25. North Dakota State 3-4 37 16

Other Receiving Votes (points in parentheses): Lafayette (35), San Diego (29), Eastern Washington (29), Harvard (27), Georgia Southern (15), South Dakota State (9), Florida A&M (9), Grambling State (9), UT Martin (8), Prairie View A&M (7), Southern (7), The Citadel (6), Maine (5), UC Davis (3), Colgate (3), Dayton (3), Stephen F. Austin (3), Brown (1).

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10/27

1. James Madison (27) 7-1 699 1
2. Appalachian State 6-2 665 2
3. Cal Poly 5-1 622 3
4. Northern Iowa 6-2 596 4
5. Wofford (1) 6-1 588 6
6. Montana 7-1 574 5
7. Richmond 6-3 531 8
8. New Hampshire 6-1 479 10
9. Central Arkansas 7-1 453 12
10. Villanova 5-2 412 9
11. Southern Illinois 5-2 405 13
12. Elon 7-2 389 7
13. Weber State 7-2 363 17
14. Western Illinois 5-2 342 14
15. Massachusetts 5-3 320 16
16. McNeese State 4-3 221 11
17. Liberty 7-1 204 21
18. Northern Arizona 6-2 197 15
19. William & Mary 5-2 178 23
20. South Carolina State 6-2 147 24
21. Furman 6-3 143 18
22. Lafayette 6-1 131 RV
23. Tennessee-Martin 7-2 77 RV
T-24. North Dakota State 4-4 50 24
T-24. Harvard 5-1 50 RV

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): Tennessee State (40), Jacksonville State (33), Florida A&M (28), Georgia Southern (25), Eastern Washington (19), Prairie View (18), Hampton (17), Texas State (17), Colgate (17), Maine (15), Grambling State (14), Dayton (6), UC Davis (4), Brown (4), South Dakota State (3), Holy Cross (2), Delaware (1), San Diego (1)

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11/3

1 James Madison (28) 8-1 700 1
2 Appalachian State 7-2 669 2
3 Cal Poly 6-1 635 3
4 Northern Iowa 7-2 611 4
5 Montana 8-1 585 6
6 Richmond 6-3 548 7
7 New Hampshire 7-1 513 8
8 Villanova 6-2 482 10
9 Southern Illinois 6-2 455 11
10 Weber State 8-2 433 13
11 Elon 7-2 411 12
12 Wofford 6-2 396 5
13 Massachusetts 6-3 378 15
14 Central Arkansas 7-2 300 9
15 McNeese State 5-3 283 16
16 William and Mary 6-2 267 19
17 Furman 7-3 243 21
18 South Carolina State 7-2 206 20
19 Western Illinois 5-3 191 14
20 Tennessee Martin 7-2 137 23
21 Harvard 6-1 97 T24
22 Tennessee State 7-2 90 NR
23 North Dakota State 5-4 84 T24
24 Northern Arizona 6-3 70 18
25 Liberty 7-2 60 17

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): Colgate (47), Jacksonville State (38), Grambling State (31), Prairie View A&M (27), Maine (24), Georgia Southern (20), Lafayette (14), South Dakota State (12), Dayton (11), Brown (9), Holy Cross (7), Hampton (5), Morgan State (4), UC Davis (3), Northwestern State (3), Albany (1).

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11/10

1. James Madison (27) 8-1 698 1
2. Appalachian State 8-2 669 2
3. Cal Poly 7-1 629 3
4. Northern Iowa (1) 8-2 617 4
5. Montana 9-1 588 5
6. Richmond 7-3 560 6
7. Villanova 7-2 519 8
8. Weber State 9-2 485 10
9. Southern Illinois 7-2 482 9
10. Elon 8-2 442 11
11. Wofford 7-2 400 12
12. New Hampshire 7-2 375 7
13. Central Arkansas 8-2 364 14
14. McNeese State 6-3 311 15
15. William and Mary 7-2 289 16
16. Furman 7-3 283 17
17. South Carolina State 8-2 241 18
18. Tennessee State 8-2 164 22
19. Harvard 7-1 148 21
20. Massachusetts 6-4 146 13
21. UT Martin 7-3 132 20
22. Liberty 8-2 92 25
23. Maine 7-3 80 NR
24. Colgate 8-2 76 NR
25. North Dakota State 5-4 73 23

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): Jacksonville State (58), Western Illinois (55), Grambling State (33), Prairie View A&M (28), South Dakota State (18), Lafayette (11), Holy Cross (9), Dayton (9), Bethune-Cookman (5), Florida A&M (4), Montana State (3), Eastern Kentucky (2), Albany (1), Jacksonville (1).

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11/17

1. James Madison (28) 9-1 700 1
2. Appalachian State 9-2 668 2
3. Cal Poly 8-1 633 3
4. Northern Iowa 9-2 615 4
5. Montana 10-1 589 5
6. Richmond 8-3 559 6
7. Villanova 8-2 520 7
8. Weber State 9-2 505 8
9. Southern Illinois 8-2 472 9
10. Wofford 8-2 433 11
11. New Hampshire 8-2 414 12
12. Central Arkansas 9-2 372 13
13. McNeese State 7-3 338 14
14. Elon 7-3 331 10
15. South Carolina State 9-2 311 17
16. Harvard 8-1 219 19
17. Maine 8-3 210 23
18. UT Martin 8-3 207 21
19. William and Mary 7-3 171 15
20. Liberty 9-2 164 22
21. Jacksonville State 8-3 117 NR
22. Colgate 8-2 115 24
23. Furman 7-4 106 16
24. North Dakota State 6-4 61 25
25. Tennessee State 8-3 56 18

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): Prairie View A&M (49), Grambling State (40), Western Illinois (28), Montana State (19), Eastern Kentucky (18), Holy Cross (18), Massachusetts (12), South Dakota State (8), Florida A&M (8), Bethune-Cookman (7), Texas State (4), Jacksonville (3).

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11/22

1. James Madison (25) 10-1 625 1
2. Appalachian State 10-2 596 2
3. Cal Poly 8-2 550 3
4. Northern Iowa 10-2 548 4
5. Montana 11-1 532 5
6. Richmond 9-3 488 6
7. Villanova 9-2 481 7
8. Southern Illinois 9-2 443 9
9. Wofford 9-2 428 10
10. New Hampshire 9-2 394 11
11. Central Arkansas 10-2 366 12
T12. Weber State 9-3 318 8
T12. South Carolina State 10-2 318 15
14. Harvard 9-1 247 16
15. Liberty 10-2 239 20
16. Colgate 9-2 209 22
17. McNeese State 7-4 176 13
18. William and Mary 8-4 161 19
19. Elon 8-4 156 14
20. Jacksonville State 8-3 148 21
21. Maine 8-4 141 17
22. Eastern Kentucky 8-3 126 NR
23. Prairie View A&M 9-1 84 NR
24. UT Martin 8-4 80 18
25. Grambling State 9-2 79 NR

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): Florida A&M (36), Texas State (34), Furman (24), Tennessee State (22), Massachusetts (16), North Dakota State (16), Montana State (13), Jacksonville (10), South Dakota State (10), Western Illinois (4), Holy Cross (3), Albany (1), Lafayette (1), Brown (1), Jackson State (1).

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12/22

Team (1st Votes) Record Points Prev. Ranking
1. Richmond 13-3 600 6
2. Montana 14-2 559 5
3. James Madison 12-2 540 1
4. Northern Iowa 12-3 538 4
5. Appalachian State 11-3 507 2
6. Villanova 10-3 465 7
7. New Hampshire 10-3 434 10
8. Cal Poly 8-3 419 3
9. Weber State 10-4 398 T12
10. Southern Illinois 9-3 389 8
11. Wofford 9-3 386 9
12. Central Arkansas 10-2 313 11
13. South Carolina State 10-3 298 T12
14. Harvard 9-1 237 14
15. Liberty 10-2 231 15
16. Maine 8-5 181 21
17. Colgate 9-3 176 16
18. Eastern Kentucky 8-4 160 22
19. Elon 8-4 154 19
20. William and Mary 7-4 147 18
21. McNeese State 7-4 138 17
22. Jacksonville State 8-3 112 20
23. Texas State 8-5 107 NR
24. Grambling State 11-2 92 25
25. Prairie View A&M 9-1 69 23
25. Prairie View A&M                  9-1                    69                           23

Other receiving votes (pts. in parentheses): UT Martin (40), Florida A&M (33), Massachusetts (24), Furman (17), South Dakota State (15), Albany (10), Tennessee State (8), Holy Cross (2), Northwestern State (1).

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