John Robertson
John Robertson

No. 2 Villanova headlines ASN 12 in Lindy's FCS Preseason Top 25


With the return of quarterback John Robertson, the reigning Walter Payton Award-winner, and linebacker Don Cherry, the Buck Buchanan Award runner-up, Villanova leads the way among ASN-affiliated schools in Lindy's FCS Preseason Top 25 at No. 2.

The Wildcats, No. 4 in the Sporting News and No. 5 in Athlon, are one of five CAA and 12 ASN-affiliated teams to make the annual college football preview magazine’s list.

Villanova finished 11-3 overall and 7-1 in conference games last year, earning the No. 6 seed for the FCS playoffs and reaching the quarterfinals.

The other ranked ASN-affiliated teams by conference:

  • CAA: New Hampshire at No. 9, Richmond at No. 12, James Madison at No. 17 and William & Mary at No. 21.

  • Big South: Coastal Carolina at No. 7 and Liberty at No. 13.

  • Ivy League: Harvard at No. 25.

  • Ohio Valley: Jacksonville State at No. 6 and Eastern Kentucky at No. 18.

  • Patriot: Fordham at No. 23.

  • Southern: Chattanooga at No. 5


Lindy's FCS Preseason Top 25



  1. North Dakota State

  2. Villanova

  3. Sam Houston State

  4. Illinois State

  5. Chattanooga

  6. Jacksonville State

  7. Coastal Carolina

  8. Eastern Washington

  9. New Hampshire

  10. South Dakota State

  11. Montana State

  12. Richmond

  13. Liberty

  14. Northern Iowa

  15. Stephen F. Austin

  16. Montana

  17. James Madison

  18. Eastern Kentucky

  19. South Carolina State

  20. Indiana State

  21. William & Mary

  22. Youngstown State

  23. Fordham

  24. McNeese State

  25. Harvard





On the cover: Villanova's John Robertson, the 2014 Walter Payton Award winner. (Courtesy Villanova Athletics)

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