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College football top 25: Defending champions North Dakota State lead preseason FCS Power Rankings

The Czar of the Playbook returns to rank the very best 25 programs in the FCS prior to the 2022 season

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You understand the faculty football season is fast approaching when preseason polls start rolling out, and the Division I Football Championship Subdivision is not any different. With kickoff significantly less than per month away, it is time to turn our focus on the teams that project to help make the biggest effect on the field.

Those that followed the FCS this past year were treated to an excellent season that saw — stop me if you have heard this before — the North Dakota State Bison collect the national championship. As the Bison appear to be the favorites to collect a national title once more, it generally does not mean this year is lacking intriguing storylines.

Below are a few examples:

  • Jackson State made history when five-star ATH Travis Hunter became the initial No. 1 overall recruit to sign with a FCS program out of senior high school.
  • The Colonial Athletic Association transformed right into a power conference during realignment with the addition of Hampton and Monmouth this year, in addition to Campbell and NEW YORK A&T next year.
  • DII power Texas A&M-Commerce, alongside Lindenwood and Stonehill, can make the jump to the FCS this year.
  • Longtime powers Sam Houston and Jacksonville State have their FCS farewell tour this year, as both are bolting for Conference USA next year.

You can find plenty of reasons to be worked up about the 2022 FCS season, and we’ll do our part weekly at CBS Sports with this FCS Power Rankings. Our preseason edition of these rankings are available below:

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