The University of Central Arkansas will begin the season ranked seventh in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll as volted on by panel of sports information directors, sports writers and broadcasters throughout the country.
Sam Houston State, the two-time national runner-up that shared the Southland Conference title with the Bears last season, is No. 3.
UCA was 9-3 last season losing to Georgia Southern in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
With two straight national championships in their pocket and a historical three-peat as their goal, the North Dakot State Bison enter the 2013 season as the clear No. 1.
Coach Craig Bohl’s squad returns 18 starters from a squad that won its second straight FCS title this past January. The Bison will try to join the 2005-07 teams at Appalachian State as the second program to win three FCS national titles in a row.