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Villanova football ranked 13th in Coaches preseason poll

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The first FCS preseason poll was released, and the Wildcats will launch their campaign with the number-13 ranking.

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Villanova finished the 2013 season unranked. Despite some big wins over the likes of Towson, an FCS Championship game runner-up, and a winning record, the 'Cats were eliminated from contention by the end of the season. Starting the season with consecutive losses at Boston College and Fordham was too big a pill to swallow for the team.

This season, the combination of a BCS conference power and Fordham are again atop the Wildcats schedule, but feelings about the season are more optimistic. This season, the Wildcats will play a slate of 12 games, including six at home, which should help their chances of punching a ticket to the playoffs.

The FCS Coaches Poll, recognized that optimism by giving the 'Cats a number-13 ranking heading into the season. The poll is based on the votes of a panel of FCS head coaches and is administered by the Southern Conference. Coaches voted six CAA Football schools into their top-25 this Summer, including New Hampshire (4), Towson (7), Maine (20), William & Mary (22), and Richmond (24).

The full poll results follow.

Team (No. 1 Votes) 2013 Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State (18) 15-0 636 1
2. Eastern Washington (6) 12-3 615 3
3. Southeast 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 12-2 305 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. Youngtown 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

Others receiving votes: Samford 95, Southern Illinois 59, Harvard 42, Charleston Southern 39, James Madison 30, Princeton 24, Southern Utah 20, Alcorn State 16, Liberty 16, Delaware 15, South Carolina State 15, Cal Poly 14, Missouri State 12, Sacred Heart 10, Wofford 8, Central Arkansas 7, Alabama State 6, Lehigh 6, Eastern Kentucky 4, Holy Cross 1, Illinois State 1, Jacksonville 1