Four straight playoff appearances have solidified South Dakota State as a top ten team in the nation, at least according to Football Championship Series (FCS) media and sports information directors.

The Jackrabbits, who return 15 starters from last season's 8-4 team, check in at number eight in the pre-season STATS FCS rankings. Fellow Missouri Valley Conference  teams North Dakota State (1st) and Northern Iowa (5th) are ranked ahead of SDSU. Illinois State (10th) and Western Illinois (20th) are also in the top 25.

South Dakota grabbed 17 points in the voting.

STATS FCS Poll

  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. 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

In the FCS Coaches Poll, SDSU is 14th, one of five MFC ranked schools. For the second straight year, NDSU is a unanimous pre-season #1, after winning the last five national championships.

USD grabbed three points in the coaches poll.

The Big Sky Conference has six teams in the top 25, the Colonial Athletic Association has four.

2016 Preseason FCS Coaches Poll

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