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

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