Two OVC teams in FCS Preseason Top 25

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Jacksonville State is ranked No. 6 and Southeast Missouri No. 17 in the STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 poll which was released on Monday.

It marks the third-straight season that Jacksonville State has been ranked No. 6 in the preseason STATS poll. The Gamecocks were ranked as high as No. 5 in the poll (Oct. 15) a season ago and finished the year No. 10. That marked the sixth-straight season the program had finished the year in the Top 10 nationally. The team has been ranked in the Top 10 of 71 of the past 74 weeks and in the Top 25 for 75 consecutive polls.   JSU, who was won five-straight OVC championships, was tabbed the OVC preseason favorite in a vote of both media and coaches/SID's.

Southeast Missouri is ranked in the preseason for only the second-time ever (2003 in the USA Today/ESPN poll). The Redhawks climbed into the Top 25 poll on October 29 of last season (its first ranking in the STATS poll since 2014), two weeks after beating No. 4 Jacksonville State by a 37-14 margin. The program was ranked in the final five polls of the season, finishing No. 15 overall after topping Stony Brook in the first round of the playoffs (its first-ever playoff victory). That marked only the second-time the program finished the year ranked (2010 being the other). The Redhawks were picked No. 2 in this year's OVC preseason poll.

Eastern Kentucky was the only other OVC team to receive votes, sitting just outside the Top 25, unofficially at No. 30. The Colonels are looking to break into the poll for the first time since the 2015 season. EKU has improved each year under now fourth-year head coach Mark Elder (going 7-4 last year) and return eight starters on each side of the ball.

The AFCA Coaches Top 25 poll will be released next Monday (August 12).

2019 Preseason STATS Top 25 Poll

1. North Dakota State
2. James Madison
3. South Dakota State
4. Eastern Washington
5. UC Davis
6. Jacksonville State
7. Maine
8. Weber State
9. Wofford
10. Kennesaw State
11. Towson
12. Nicholls
13. Colgate
14. Montana State
15. Illinois State
16. Indiana State
17. Southeast Missouri
18. Northern Iowa
19. Furman
20. North Carolina A&T
21. Elon
22. Delaware
23. Sam Houston State
24. Princeton
25. Montana

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