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Mocs start at No. 23 in FCS Coaches' Poll

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WRCB/SoCon Sports) – The Eastern Washington Eagles finished the 2010 football season as the No. 1 team in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll, and will begin their 2011 campaign in the same spot.

The Eagles received 23 of the 28 first-place votes to earn 687 points overall in the year's first rankings, which were released Monday.

Chattanooga is one of four teams from the Southern Conference that will open the season in the top 25. The Mocs are ranked No. 23.

The other three SoCon teams will start in the top ten, headlined by No. 2 Appalachian State. The Mountaineers, who finished the 2010 season at No. 4, earned one first-place vote and a total of 617 points.

Georgia Southern received three first-place votes to start the year at No. 3, while Wofford will start at No. 8.

The Mocs will play all three teams as part of their conference slate, and will add a fourth matchup against a preseason top ten team with No. 9 Jacksonville State.

William & Mary took fourth for the second consecutive year in the preseason poll, while last year's national runner-up, Delaware, rounded out the top five.

Fourteen conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association has the most ranked teams with six, followed by the Southern Conference with four teams. The Big Sky, Missouri Valley and Southland all have three ranked teams.

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.

2011 FCS Coaches Preseason Poll (August 22, 2011)
1. Eastern Washington (23) 13-2 687 1
2. Appalachian State (1) 10-3 617 4
3. Georgia Southern (3) 10-5 615 6
4. William & Mary (1) 8-4 614 8
5. Delaware 12-3 559 2
6. Montana State 9-3 540 11
7. Northern Iowa 7-5 448 18
8. Wofford 10-3 431 5
9. Jacksonville State 9-3 425 12
10. New Hampshire 8-5 415 7
11. North Dakota State 9-5 392 9
12. Montana 7-4 318 21
13. Villanova 9-5 276 3
14. Stephen F. Austin 9-3 265 10
15. Lehigh 10-3 259 14
16. James Madison 6-5 226 NR
17. Southern Illinois 5-6 181 NR
18. Liberty 8-3 179 19
19. Richmond 6-5 177 NR
20. McNeese State 6-5 170 NR
21. South Carolina State 9-3 131 17
22. Central Arkansas 7-4 130 NR
23. Chattanooga 6-5 113 NR
T24. Bethune-Cookman 10-2 84 15
T24. Penn 9-1 84 16

Others receiving votes (points in parentheses): Western Illinois (72); Cal Poly (71); Southeast Missouri State (68); Southern Utah (67); Sacramento State (66); Murray State (50); Jacksonville (46); Eastern Kentucky (41); UC Davis (22); Colgate (21); Central Connecticut State (19); Stony Brook (18); Indiana State (15); Harvard (14); Dayton (13); Jackson State (13); Illinois State (11); South Dakota State (10); Florida A&M (9); Coastal Carolina (9); Sam Houston State (9); Elon (8); Grambling State (8); Northern Arizona (3); Weber State (3); Northwestern State (2).

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