August 8, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 16

Eagles picked 3rd in FCS preseason poll

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Eastern players celebrate following their playoff victory last year against Illinois State.

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The Eastern Washington University football team, which began practices for the 2013 season Aug. 7, are ranked third in the preseason NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll released Aug. 6.

The Eagles, who won the 2010 FCS title and were a semifinalist in 2012, trail only No. 1 North Dakota State and No. 2 Montana State in the poll. Eastern is ranked just ahead of No. 4 Sam Houston State, the FCS runners-up the past two seasons.

Other Big Sky schools ranked in the preseason poll are No. 11 Cal Poly, No. 18 Northern Arizona and No. 22 Montana. The Eagles...

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