ASU picked 12th in poll
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State was selected 12th in the first Sports Network FCS poll, but that might not be a true way of how the Mountaineers are seen around the country.
Both Appalachian State and Georgia Southern are making the transition from the FCS Southern Conference to the FBS Sun Belt Conference. Because of this, both teams are allowed to have more players on scholarship than the 63 that FCS teams are limited to having.
Because of this, some of the voters left both teams off their ballots entirely, according to The Sports Network's release. One voter put Georgia Southern at the top of his list.
Georgia Southern was voted No. 9 in the poll, one place behind SoCon rival Wofford. Chattanooga was voted No. 24.
North Dakota State was the overwhelming favorite to repeat as the FCS champion. The two-time defending champs return 18 starters from the 2012 season when the Bison finished 14-1.
Montana State was named No. 2 in the poll after finishing 11-2 last season. Sam Houston State is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Eastern Washington and Villanova was picked No. 5.
Rounding out the top 10 were No. 6 South Dakota State, No. 7 Central Arkansas, No. 8 Wofford, No. 9 Georgia Southern and No. 10 New Hampshire.
Towson is No. 11, followed by App State at No. 12, Illinois State at No. 13, No. 14 Cal Poly and No. 15 Richmond.
Stony Brook is No. 16, followed by No. 17 Northern Iowa, No. 18 Northern Arizona, No. 19 James Madison and No. 20 Montana, which hosts Appalachian State on Aug. 31.
Rounding out the top 25 are No. 21 Eastern Illinois, No. 22 Lehigh, No. 23 Bethune-Cookman, No. 24 Chattanooga and No. 25 Coastal Carolina.