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No. 4 Villanova headlines ASN 10 in Sporting News FCS Preseason Top 25


With Villanova at No. 4, the CAA leads the way among ASN-affiliated schools in the Sporting News' FCS Preseason Top 25.  The Wildcats are one of three CAA and 10 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. The Wildcats earned the No. 6 national seed in the FCS playoffs, eventually reaching the quarterfinal round. The Wildcats are led by reigning Walter Payton Award-winner John Robertson at quarterback and Buck Buchanan Award runner-up Don Cherry at linebacker. Both are listed on Sporting News' preseason FCS All-America Team.

The other ranked ASN-affiliated teams by conference:

  • CAA: James Madison at No. 12 and New Hampshire at No. 18

  • Big South: Coastal Carolina at No. 6, Liberty at No. 16 and Charleston Southern at No. 24

  • Ohio Valley: Jacksonville State at No. 7, Eastern Kentucky at No. 14 and Eastern Illinois at No. 25

  • Southern: Chattanooga at No. 8


Sporting News FCS Preseason Top 25



  1. North Dakota State

  2. Sam Houston State

  3. Illinois State

  4. Villanova

  5. Eastern Washington

  6. Coastal Carolina

  7. Jacksonville State

  8. Chattanooga

  9. Montana State

  10. Youngstown State

  11. Northern Iowa

  12. James Madison

  13. Idaho State

  14. Eastern Kentucky

  15. Montana

  16. Liberty

  17. Stephen F. Austin

  18. New Hampshire

  19. Indiana State

  20. Alcorn State

  21. Southeastern Louisiana

  22. Northern Arizona

  23. South Dakota State

  24. Charleston Southern

  25. Eastern Illinois





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

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