Football Team Ranked 25th in Hero Sports Preseason Poll

This season, Eastern Illinois football is building on their impressive 8-3 record from last season with a core group of starters returning. The team has already received preseason recognition, being ranked No. 25 in the HERO Sports FCS Top 25 preseason poll and No. 24 in Craig Haley’s personal Top 25.

Eastern Illinois will open their 12-game schedule on August 29 at Illinois, one of two games against Big Ten schools this season, with the other being at Northwestern. The schedule also includes regional rivalry games with Missouri Valley Football Conference schools, playing at Illinois State and hosting Indiana State in the home opener on Sept. 7.

The defending FCS National Champion South Dakota State was ranked No. 1 in the preseason, followed by North Dakota State, Montana, Montana State, and South Dakota in the top five. The top ten also included Villanova, Idaho, Sacramento State, Southern Illinois, and Chattanooga. Central Arkansas was the preseason No. 11 team, with Incarnate Word, Richmond, Furman

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