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Coastal Carolina ranked 16th in STATS Preseason Poll

Deangelo Henderson and the Chants begin the year 16th in the country (source: WMBF Sports) Deangelo Henderson and the Chants begin the year 16th in the country (source: WMBF Sports)

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina football will start its final year in FCS play ranked 16th in the country, according to the STATS FCS Preseason Poll released on Monday. The Chants are an FCS Independent this year and ineligible for postseason play as they begin the transition process to the Sun Belt Conference and FBS competition.

Coastal finished last season 9-3 and lost to The Citadel in the first round of the FCS Playoffs.

Five-time defending champ North Dakota State checks in the poll with the top spot. Jacksonville State is ranked third. The Chants visit the Gamecocks on September 17th. Charleston Southern is also ranked seventh. The defending Big South champs visit CCU on October 1st.

The full top 25 is below:

1. North Dakota State
2. Sam Houston State
3. Jacksonville State
4. Richmond
5. Northern Iowa
6. Chattanooga
7. Charleston Southern
8. South Dakota State
9. William & Mary
10. Illinois State
11. McNeese State
12. James Madison
13. Montana
14. Eastern Washington
15. The Citadel
16. Coastal Carolina
17. Portland State
18. Northern Arizona
19. North Dakota
20. Western Illinois
21. Colgate
22. New Hampshire
23. Villanova
24. Towson
25. North Carolina A&T

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