SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Towson University football team begins the 2014 season ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll, which was released on Monday.
The Tigers, who won a school-record 13 games and advanced to the FCS National Championship game last year, received 438 points and one first-place vote in the rankings. Towson finished last season ranked No. 2 in the final coaches poll.
Three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State received 18 of 26 first-place votes to claim the No. 1 spot in the opening poll of 2014. Eastern Washington earned the No. 2 spot in the poll and received six first-place votes after going 12-3 last season. Southeastern Louisiana, New Hampshire and Montana rounded out the top five in the inaugural poll of 2014. Southeastern Louisiana and Towson were the only other schools to garner first-place votes outside of the Bison and Eagles.
Coastal Carolina holds the No. 6 spot followed by the Tigers, Jacksonville State, McNeese State and South Dakota State to complete to the top 10.
The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) led all conferences with six schools ranked in the Top 25. The Big Sky and the Missouri Valley Football Conference each place four teams in the poll. A total of nine conferences were represented with six conferences placing at least two schools.
The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.
The Tigers open the 2014 season at home on August 30 against Central Connecticut. The game is set to kickoff at 6 p.m.