Associated Press, Published August 22 2012
NDSU sits atop FCS preseason coaches' pollFARGO — Defending champion North Dakota State is atop the Football Championship Subdivision preseason coaches’ poll.
The Bison have 13 returning starters, led by All-America cornerback Marcus Williams, and quarterback Brock Jensen and running back Sam Ojuri on the offensive side of the ball.
NDSU finished 14-1 last season and beat Sam Houston State in the national title game. The Bearkats are No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by Georgia Southern, Montana State and Appalachian State.
NDSU got 19 of the 26 first-place votes in the poll. Sam Houston state got six and Georgia Southern one.
The rest of the Top 10 is Old Dominion, Northern Iowa, James Madison, Towson and Montana.
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