There are five teams from the Colonial Athletic Association in the Top-25 FCS Pre-Season poll, with the James Madison Dukes coming in at the top spot overall.

The Dukes coming off of the national title in 2016, took home 134 of the 163 first place votes in the vote to finish ahead of North Dakota State and Sam Houston State.  Richmond was the second highest charting CAA team at number seven overall, while VIllanova (10), New Hampshire (13), and Albany (24) also made the top rankings of the pre-season poll.

The Maine Black Bears were won of four other CAA schools to receive votes in the Stats Poll, with UMaine garnering 11 total votes, good for 49th.  Delaware, Stony Brook, and William & Mary were the other teams that received some recognition.

The Black Bears have their first pre-season scrimmage on Monday afternoon, and will open the season on the road against New Hampshire on August 31st

STATS FCS TOP-25 POLL

Rank School Votes Prev
1 James Madison (0-0) 4034 (134) NR
2 North Dakota State (0-0) 3874 (19) NR
3 Sam Houston State (0-0) 3610 (7) NR
4 South Dakota State (0-0) 3385 (2) NR
5 Eastern Washington (0-0) 3270 NR
6 Jacksonville State (0-0) 3081 (1) NR
7 Richmond (0-0) 3041 NR
8 North Dakota (0-0) 2871 NR
9 Youngstown State (0-0) 2658 NR
10 Villanova (0-0) 2628 NR
11 Wofford (0-0) 2543 NR
12 Chattanooga (0-0) 1995 NR
13 New Hampshire (0-0) 1741 NR
14 Charleston Southern (0-0) 1710 NR
15 Central Arkansas (0-0) 1685 NR
16 Citadel (0-0) 1545 NR
17 Lehigh (0-0) 1369 NR
18 UNI (0-0) 924 NR
19 Samford (0-0) 893 NR
20 Illinois State (0-0) 876 NR
21 Grambling State (0-0) 692 NR
22 Fordham (0-0) 604 NR
23 Cal Poly (0-0) 427 NR
24 Albany (0-0) 418 NR
25 Western Illinois (0-0) 367 NR