The STATS FCS Preseason national poll places the UMaine Black Bears as the #7 ranked team in the country and the second highest ranked CAA team.

Five team from the CAA are ranked in the national top-25. The Black Bears play two of those teams (Towson, Elon). Maine also plays Colgate in a non-conference game. The Raiders are ranked #13 in the country.

The Bears are coming off a 10-4 season that came to a stop at the NCAA semi-final round. Eight starters on defense and seven on offense return for the 2019 season.

This is day five of the UMaine preseason camp going on in Orono. Opening night game is  August 30th vs Sacred Heart University.

2019 STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 Poll

  1. North Dakota State (142 first-place votes)
  2. James Madison (14 first-place votes)
  3. South Dakota State (1 first-place vote)
  4. Eastern Washington (3 first-place votes)
  5. UC Davis
  6. Jacksonville State
  7. Maine
  8. Weber State
  9. Wofford
  10. Kennesaw State
  11. Towson
  12. Nicholls
  13. Colgate
  14. Montana State
  15. Illinois State
  16. Indiana State
  17. Southeast Missouri
  18. Northern Iowa
  19. Furman
  20. North Carolina A&T
  21. Elon
  22. Delaware
  23. Sam Houston State
  24. Princeton
  25. Montana

Also receiving votes: Stony Brook, New Hampshire, Villanova, Richmond, Rhode Island

* CAA teams in bold