The UMaine Black Bears went through their first of three scrimmages leading up to the season opener vs UNH on August 30th and it was hot. Very hot.

In fact, the scrimmage time was moved from the afternoon to the morning to try to beat some of the heat and humidity.

The first STATS/FCS national poll is out and it shows the Bears will play four teams in the preseason national rankings...UNH, Elon, Villanova and Richmond.

Non-conference games include at Western Kentucky (#5 in C-USA poll, East Division) and Central Michigan (#3 pick in MAC poll, West Division).

2018 STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 Poll

  1. North Dakota State (151 first-place votes)
  2. James Madison (6 first-place votes)
  3. South Dakota State
  4. Sam Houston State
  5. Kennesaw State
  6. Jacksonville State
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Weber State
  9. Eastern Washington
  10. Wofford
  11. Samford
  12. Elon
  13. UNI
  14. North Carolina A&T
  15. Delaware
  16. Central Arkansas
  17. McNeese
  18. Nicholls
  19. Villanova
  20. Stony Brook
  21. Illinois State
  22. Austin Peay
  23. Furman
  24. Montana
  25. Youngtown State

RV: Richmond

* CAA Teams In Bold