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Pre Season Ranking by Athlon Sports

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We are #20.


20. Albany

(7-4, 4-4 CAA)

A return to form by junior running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks (1,401 rushing yards, 16 TDs), who suffered a torn ACL in the season’s final game, is vital for the Great Danes as they come off their best season since joining the CAA in 2013. They need improved play at quarterback to avoid being one of the last two teams left out of the playoff field again.

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Ranked 25th in the Any Given Saturday Preseason Poll http://www.anygivensaturday.com/showthread.php?193895-AGS-Poll-Results-PRESEASON-07-31-2017


Last year we weren't even in Others Receiving Votes in the preseason. We finished 26th


Rank Team Total Points First Place Votes

1 James Madison Dukes 1862 64

2 North Dakota State Bison 1784 8

3 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 1624 2

4 Eastern Washington Eagles 1541

5 Sam Houston State Bearkats 1464 1

6 Richmond Spiders 1447

7 Jacksonville State Gamecocks 1326

8 Wofford Terriers 1308

9 Villanova Wildcats 1199

10 Youngstown State Penguins 1175

11 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1114

12 Chattanooga Mocs 953

13 Central Arkansas Bears 934

14 The Citadel Bulldogs 902

15 New Hampshire Wildcats 798

16 Charleston Southern Buccaneers 653

17 Samford Bulldogs 623

18 Illinois State Redbirds 529

19 Lehigh Mountain Hawks 507

20 Western Illinois Leathernecks 351

21 Cal Poly Mustangs 344

22 Northern Iowa Panthers 338

23 Fordham Rams 155

24 Weber State Wildcats 147

25 Albany Great Danes 146


26 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 138

27 San Diego Toreros 131

28 Montana Grizzlies 121

29 McNeese State Cowboys 98

30 Grambling State Tigers 96

31 North Carolina A&T Aggies 94

32 North Carolina Central Eagles 56

33 South Dakota Coyotes 44

34 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 42

35 William & Mary Tribe 39

36 Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 34

37T Harvard Crimson 33

37T Saint Francis Red Flash 33

39 Maine Black Bears 28

40 Southern Utah Thunderbirds 26

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College Sports Journal picks Albany fourth in conference


Fearless Prediction: Aside from the fact that Greg Gattusos Great Danes came within a whisker of making the FCS Playoffs last season, you have to like their chances of making a run at the CAA title thanks to some scheduling quirkiness: since the CAA is comprised of 12 teams and they dont all play each other, they dont play James Madison during the regular season. Challenging trips to Delaware and Richmond are still on the schedule, but this up-and-coming team has an excellent shot at a playoff berth.

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Coaches poll is a joke. Always is. I watched a lot of those teams play...and at worst, we are in the 30 range. Colgate is nonsense. I watched that game and poly is lucky if they have 5 wins this year. The Big Sky is not very good this season.


Honestly, the CAA is going to be a grind this year. I watched URI...and they almost won their game with 7 turnovers. They clean that up, they won't be a pushover. SBU looked very good (but for QB play) against USF.

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