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Villanova football ranked 12th in TSN preseason poll

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The Sports Network FCS preseason poll was released, and the Wildcats are ranked twelfth to start the season.

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After picking up a number-13 ranking in the pre-season FCS Coaches Poll, the Wildcats have been ranked slightly higher in the Sports Network's poll of media members -- checking in at number-12 in the early rankings. The expectations are there for the Wildcats to bounce back from narrowly missing the playoffs this season as a large number of returning players bring talent and experience to the 'Cats offense.

With Walter Payton Award candidate John Robertson and an experienced offense leading the way, the 'Cats are hoping to make a deep run this Fall. The schedule starts with a challenging match-up at Syracuse over Labor Day weekend before a meeting with 11th-ranked Fordham and then the CAA Football meat-grinder over the rest of the way.

The FCS Poll has six ranked squads out of the CAA conference. Villanova is the second-highest ranked program in the league after the number-4 New Hampshire Wildcats. Towson, however is just one slot behind Nova in the poll. William & Mary and Richmond appear back-to-back later in the poll, at 19th and 20th, respectively, while the Maine Black Bears are holding up the rear at number-25.

Delaware, James Madison, and Stony Brook also received votes.

Num Team (First-place votes) 2013 Record Points Previous Rank
1 Eastern Washington Eagles (82) 12-3 3589 3
2 North Dakota State Bison (62) 15-0 3540 1
3 Southeastern Louisiana Lions (2) 11-3 3300 6
4 New Hampshire Wildcats (1) 10-5 3090 5
5 Montana Grizzlies 10-3 2817 8
6 Jacksonville State Gamecocks 11-4 2634 10
7 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 12-3 2461 7
8 McNeese State Cowboys 10-3 2277 11
9 Northern Iowa Panthers 7-5 2197 NR
10 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 9-5 2154 13
11 Fordham Rams 12-2 2139 9
12 Villanova Wildcats 6-5 2072 NR
13 Towson Tigers 13-3 1999 2
14 Chattanooga Mocs 8-4 1647 23
15 Tennessee State Tigers 10-4 1448 17
16 Eastern Illinois Panthers 12-2 1375 4
17 Sam Houston State Bearkats 9-5 1345 14
18 Montana State Bobcats 7-5 1170 20
19 William & Mary Tribe 7-5 1151 NR
20 Richmond Spiders 6-6 963 NR
21 Furman Paladins 8-6 802 22
22 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 10-3 475 16
23 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 9-3 429 15
24 Youngstown State Penguins 8-4 405 18
25 Maine Black Bears 10-3 330 12