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

Eagles picked 3rd in FCS preseason poll

FROM NEWS

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

SERVICE REPORTS

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 play at Cal Poly on Nov. 16 and Montana Oct. 26 – both games are also televised on Root Sports.

Eastern plays at Sam Houston State Sept. 28 in a rematch of last year’s 45-42 Bearkat victory in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs. Montana State, which was defeated at home by the Eagles 27-24 a year ago, plays at Roos Field Nov. 9 in a game regionally televised on Root Sports.

The Sports Network FCS Top-25 preseason poll is expected to be released on Aug. 13.

EWU IN NATIONAL

PRESEASON TEAM RANKINGS

3rd (Coaches) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Montana State, #4 Sam Houston State, #10 Illinois State, #11 Cal Poly, #18 Northern Arizona, #22 Montana.

4th (Sporting News) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #3 Montana State, #6 Sam Houston State, #9 Illinois State, #14 Montana, #17 Northern Arizona, #21 Cal Poly, #24 Sacramento State.

6th (Lindy’s Magazine) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #3 Montana State, #10 Sam Houston State, #22 Illinois State, #23 Montana, #24 Wagner.

4th (USA Today) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Montana State, #3 Sam Houston State, #6 Illinois State, #8 Cal Poly.

7th (Athlon) . . . also, #1 North Dakota State, #2 Montana State, #4 Sam Houston State, #9 Montana, #15 Cal Poly, #16 Northern Arizona, #24 Illinois State.

 EWU in Big Sky Preseason Rankings

2nd (Big Sky Coaches) . . . also, #1 Montana State, #3 Montana, #4 Cal Poly, #5 Northern Arizona, #6 Sacramento State, #7 North Dakota, #8 Northern Colorado, #9 Southern Utah, #10 Portland State, #11 UC Davis, #12 Weber State, #13 Idaho State.

2nd (Big Sky Media) . . . also, #1 Montana State, #3 Montana, #4 Cal Poly, #5 Northern Arizona, #6 Sacramento State, #7 North Dakota, #8 Northern Colorado, #9 Southern Utah, #10 Portland State, #11 Weber State, #12 UC Davis, #13 Idaho State.

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