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Tigers Crack Athlon's Preseason Top 25 Poll
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Tigers Crack Athlon's Preseason Top 25 Poll

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State football team was picked No. 21 in Athlon Sports’ annual Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason Top 25 poll.

The Tigers are coming off of their best season since 2001 and their 8-3 record included wins over Eastern Kentucky, Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M.

Big Blue also returns 20 starters including All-American cornerback Steven Godbolt III, who led the Ohio Valley Conference’s top-ranked pass defense last year, and fellow All-American tight end A.C. Leonard who was pivotal for the nation’s 25th best passing unit.

The only other OVC team to crack the list was Eastern Illinois, coming in at No. 20.

The Tigers will square off against the Panthers on Oct. 26 in Nashville at LP Field for TSU’s Homecoming.

2013 Athlon Preseason FCS Top 25
1. North Dakota State
2. Montana State
3. Georgia Southern
4. Sam Houston State
5. Villanova
6. Appalachian State
7. Eastern Washington
8. Towson
9. Montana
10. South Dakota State
11. New Hampshire
12. Central Arkansas
13. Richmond
14. Northern Iowa
15. Cal Poly
16. Northern Arizona
17. James Madison
18. Chattanooga
19. Wofford
20. Eastern Illinois
21. Tennessee State

22. Delaware
23. Youngstown State
24. Illinois State
25. The Citadel

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