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CHATTANOOGA, TN (GoMocs.com)--- The buzz around the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team continues to get louder with the release of the 2014 Football Championship Subdivision Preseason Coaches Top-25.  Chattanooga grabbed a program-best No. 16 preseason national ranking from the coaches at the FCS level.   

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).  It is administered by the Southern Conference.  The FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Top-25 are the only two polls currently recognized by the NCAA.

This is the third time in four seasons UTC has garnered an official preseason ranking.  The Mocs were ranked No. 24 last year and No. 21 in 2011.  Prior to that, the last time Chattanooga snagged any official preseason recognition was a No. 18 ranking in the Sporting News poll in 1992.

Three-time defending FCS Champion North Dakota State enters 2014 having won 24 straight games.  The Bison received 18 of 26 first-place votes to claim the top spot. Eastern Washington is No. 2 with six first-place votes after going 12-3 last season. Southeastern Louisiana, New Hampshire and Montana round out the top five.

Coastal Carolina is No. 6, followed by Towson, Jacksonville State, McNeese State and South Dakota State to complete to the top 10.

The eighth-ranked Gamecocks visit the Mocs for the home-opener at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6.  Fellow SoCon member Furman checks in at No. 18 in the preseason, while Samford is the first team outside of the top-25 with 95 points.   Wofford also received votes and is listed with eight points. 

Chattanooga opens the season at Central Michigan on Thursday, August 28.  Season tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS.  If you don’t have your season tickets yet, be sure to take part in the annual 30 minutes or Less promotion on Thursday, Aug. 7.  Details are available here. 

Preseason FCS Coaches Poll

Rank

Team (First Place Votes)

2013 Record

Points

2013 Final

1.

North Dakota State (18)

15-0

636

1

2.

Eastern Washington (6)

12-3

615

3

3.

Southeastern Louisiana (1)

11-3

542

6

4.

New Hampshire

10-5

510

5

5.

Montana

10-3

505

8

6.

Coastal Carolina

12-3

447

7

7.

Towson (1)

13-3

438

2

8.

Jacksonville State

12-2

425

12

9.

McNeese State

10-3

424

9

10.

South Dakota State

9-5

332

14

11.

Eastern Illinois

12-2

314

4

12.

Fordham

6-5

305

10

13.

Villanova

6-5

287

NR

14.

Sam Houston State

9-5

277

13

15.

Northern Iowa

7-5

263

NR

16.

Chattanooga

8-4

238

25

17.

Tennessee State

10-4

237

17

18.

Furman

8-6

188

21

19.

Montana State

7-5

170

20

20.

Maine

10-3

169

11

21.

Youngstown State

8-4

162

19

22.

William & Mary

7-5

159

NR

23.

Bethune-Cookman

10-3

136

16

24.

Richmond

6-6

118

NR

25.

Northern Arizona

9-3

116

15

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