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Mocs No. 12 in STATS Preseason Top 25

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(from GoMocs.com) The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga opens the 2017 season ranked No. 12 in the STATS FCS Top 25.  This listing is one of two officially recognized by the NCAA. 

A national panel of sports information/media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the STATS FCS Top 25. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, with 24 points for second all the way down to one point for a 25th-place tally.

The Top 25 is released every Monday afternoon during the regular season, except for Sunday morning, Nov. 19, prior to the selection of the 24-team FCS playoff field. A final poll follows the FCS championship game played Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas.

The Mocs are coming off a 9-4 season that resulted in their third consecutive trip to the FCS Playoffs.  UTC lost at No. 1 Sam Houston State 41-36 in a second-round shootout last year.

Chattanooga's season-opening opponent, Jacksonville State, checks in at No. 6.  The Mocs and Gamecocks face off in the Guardian Kickoff Classic on Saturday, Aug. 26.  That game airs on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) from Montgomery, Ala. 

Defending FCS Champion James Madison, collected 134 of the 163 first-place votes and 4,034 points in the national media poll. North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, South Dakota State and Eastern Washington round out the top five. 

Other Southern Conference teams in the listing include No. 11 Wofford, No. 16 The Citadel and No. 19 Samford. Mercer and ETSU are among others receiving votes.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale now on GoMocs.com.  UTC has a five-game home schedule, beginning with UT Martin, which received votes as well, on Sept. 16.
 

Rank School Votes Prev
1 James Madison (0-0) 4034 (134) NR
2 North Dakota State (0-0) 3874 (19) NR
3 Sam Houston State (0-0) 3610 (7) NR
4 South Dakota State (0-0) 3385 (2) NR
5 Eastern Washington (0-0) 3270 NR
6 Jacksonville State (0-0) 3081 (1) NR
7 Richmond (0-0) 3041 NR
8 North Dakota (0-0) 2871 NR
9 Youngstown State (0-0) 2658 NR
10 Villanova (0-0) 2628 NR
11 Wofford (0-0) 2543 NR
12 CHATTANOOGA (0-0) 1995 NR
13 New Hampshire (0-0) 1741 NR
14 Charleston Southern (0-0) 1710 NR
15 Central Arkansas (0-0) 1685 NR
16 Citadel (0-0) 1545 NR
17 Lehigh (0-0) 1369 NR
18 UNI (0-0) 924 NR
19 Samford (0-0) 893 NR
20 Illinois State (0-0) 876 NR
21 Grambling State (0-0) 692 NR
22 Fordham (0-0) 604 NR
23 Cal Poly (0-0) 427 NR
24 Albany (0-0) 418 NR
25 Western Illinois (0-0) 367 NR


Among others receiving votes: UT Martin (90), Mercer (6)ETSU (3).

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