The University of Central Arkansas received 36 points in voting among media representatives in The Sports Network FCS top 25 preseason football poll.
Among teams receiving votes outside the top-25, the Bears are ranked 38th.
Eastern Washington, with 82 first-place votes and 3,589 points, is ranked No.1 with three-time national champion North Dakota State, with 62 first-place votes and 3,540 points, No. 2.
Defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana third, followed by New Hampshire and Montana. New Hampshire received the only other first-place vote.
McNeese State is ranked eighth and Sam Houston State is 17th.
Montana State, a non-conference opponent of the Bears, is ranked 18th.