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Salukis receive 5 votes in STATS preseason top 25 poll

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Kats In At No. 3 In STATS FCS Preseason Poll

James Madison head coach Mike Houston smiles after being dunked by his team following their 28-14 win against Youngstown State in the FCS championship NCAA college football game Saturday Jan. 7 2017 in Frisco Texas

Charleston Southern, The Citadel and Wofford were ranked in the STATS FCS Top 25 as announced on Monday. This listing is one of two officially recognized by the NCAA. The Dukes, who eliminated the Bearkats in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs on their way to a national title, will open up the season as the No. 1 team in the nation after capturing 134 first-place votes.

Illinois State advanced to the FCS Playoffs for the third-consecutive season in 2016, marking the first such streak in program history.

The Blue Hawks picked up five first-place votes and collected 47 points in the poll.

The Duquesne football team is receiving 14 votes in the 2017 STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 released today. A final Top 25 will follow the FCS championship game, which will be held January 6 in Frisco, Texas. That game airs on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) from Montgomery, Ala. North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, South Dakota State and Eastern Washington round out the top five. The Bulldogs were one of four SoCon teams ranked in the poll along with Wofford, Chattanooga (12), and Samford (19).

The defending Missouri Valley Football Conference co-champions even received a pair of first-place votes in the balloting conducted among a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, and writers.

In addition, Dayton is receiving one vote in the poll. UTC has a five-game home schedule, beginning with UT Martin, which received votes as well, on September 16. Last season's co-champ North Dakota State is second, last season's national runner-up Youngstown State is ninth, Northern Iowa is 18, Illinois State 20, and Western Illinois 25.

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