The University of Central Arkansas Bears are ranked sixth in the national in the 2013 FCS Coaches Preseason Poll released Tuesday.
The Bears, who finished 9-3 last season and were co-champions of the Southland Conference, were 10th in the final FCS Coaches poll of last season.
“This ranking is certainly a new benchmark for our football program,” said UCA head coach Clint Conque. “It’s more of a recognition of success from the last several years at the FCS Division I level. Even though we return 16 starters in 2013, this is a new year with a new team and new leadership.
“We have to show the maturity to focus on our team and our process. These players have chosen to play here to compete for championships. We need to embrace internal and external expectations by how we prepare and compete on game day.”