CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI football ranked in the top 25 of Stats Perform’s pre-season poll with a place of 21st.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference has five programs represented, with North Dakota State taking the top spot. Ten different conferences were represented in the ranking.
The head coach Marc Farley is entering his 22nd season with the Panthers as the winningest coach in program history. He also leads the conference in wins. With a winning percentage of .644, he is 12th in the nation among all active FCS coaches in winning percentage.
Panthers fire four all-MVFC players with kicker Matthew Cooklinebacker Spencer Cuvelier and defensive back Benny Sapp III having won first-team accolades last season and Deion McShane got an honorable mention.
Sixteen Panthers won preseason honors, including several all-American teams for Cook, Cuvelier and Sapp.
UNI made their 22nd appearance in the FCS playoffs last season and overthrew two top-10 teams to claim National Team of the Week honors from Stats Perform.
UNI opens on the road with the Air Force on September 3. The Panthers remain on the road to take on an early MVFC foe with North Dakota before hosting No. 7 ranked Sacramento State in the preseason poll at 4 p.m. Sept. 17.
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STATS PERFORM FCS PRESEASON TOP 25
1. North Dakota State (14-1, 7-1 Missouri Valley), 1,348 points (52 first-place votes)
Season opener: September 3 vs. Drake
2. state of south dakotae (11-4, 5-3 Missouri Valley), 1,285 (2)
Season opener: September 3 in Iowa
3. Montana (10-3, 6-2 Big Sky), 1,218
Season opener: Sept. 3 vs. Northwestern State
4. Montana State (12-3, 7-1 Big Sky), 1,203
Season opener: September 3 vs. McNeese
5. state of missouri (8-4, 6-2 Missouri Valley), 1066
Season opens: September 1 in central Arkansas
6. Villanova (10-3, 7-1 AAC), 997
Season opener: September 2 vs. Lehigh
7. Sacramento State (9-3, 8-0 Big Sky), 991
Season opener: September 3 vs. Utah Tech
8. Kennesaw State (11-2, 6-0 Deep South), 959
Season opening: September 1 at Samford
9. Southern Illinois (8-5, 5-3 Missouri Valley), 915
Opening of the season: September 3 at the UIW
10. Stephen F. Austin (8-4, 4-2 ASUN-WAC), 813
Season opener: August 27 vs. Jacksonville State (in Montgomery, Alabama)
11. ETSU (11-2, 7-1 South), 750
Season opener: September 1 vs. Mars Hill
12. Chattanooga (6-5, 5-3 South), 562
Season opener: September 3 vs. Wofford
13. Eastern Washington (10-3, 6-2 Big Sky), 538
Season opener: September 3 vs. Tennessee State
14.UIW (10-3, 7-1 Southland), 533
Season opener: September 3 vs. Southern Illinois
15. Jackson State (11-2, 8-0 SWAC), 515
Season opener: September 4 vs. Florida A&M (at Miami Gardens, Florida)
16. St. Croix (10-3, 6-0 Patriot), 503
Season opener: September 2 at Merrimack
17. Southeast Louisiana (9-4, 6-2 Southland), 440
Season opener: September 3 at Louisiana
18. UT Martin (10-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley), 404
Season opener: September 1 vs. Western Illinois
19. Delaware (5-6, 3-5 AAC), 401
Season opener: September 3 at Navy
20. Weber State (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky), 391
Season opener: September 1 vs. Western Oregon
21. Northern Iowa (6-6, 4-4 Missouri Valley), 289
Season opener: September 3 at the Air Force
22. Rhode Island (7-4, 4-4 AAC), 242
Season opens: September 1 at Stony Brook
23. Mercer (7-3, 6-2 South), 215
Season opener: August 27 vs. Morehead State
24. Richmond (6-5, 4-4 AAC), 166
Season opener: September 3 at Virginia
25. UC Davis (8-4, 5-3 Big Sky), 153
Season opens: September 3 in California
Others receiving votes (schools listed on two or more ballots): South Dakota (7-5, 5-3 Missouri Valley) 151, Eastern Kentucky (7-4, 4-2 ASUN-WAC) 129, Florida A&M (9-3, 7-1 SWAC) 78, William & Mary (6-5, 4-4 CAA) 66, Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1 Ivy) 59, Monmouth (7-4, 6-1 Big South) 23, Harvard (8-2, 5-2 Ivy) 19, Princeton (9-1, 6-1 Ivy) 18, Central Arkansas (5-6, 3-3 ASUN-WAC) 14, Furman (6 -5, 4- 4 South) 14, South Carolina State (7-5, 5-0 MEAC) 13, Sacred Heart (8-4, 6-1 Northeast) 12, Elon (6-5, 5-3 CAA) 8, North Carolina A&T (5-6, 3-4 Deep South) 4
Stats Perform FCS Top 25 Voters – Stats Perform: Craig Haley, Gary Reasons. ASUN: John Bednarowski, Brian Morgan. Big Sky Conference: Doug Kelly, Tyson Rodgers, Larry Weir. Deep South Conference: Brian Cleary, Mark Simpson. CAA Football: Matt Harmon, Scott Klatzkin, Rob Washburn. Ivy League: Rick Bender, Craig Larson. Middle East Athletic Conference: Bill Hamilton, Maurice Williams. Missouri Valley Football Conference: Dom Izzo, Mike Kern, Randy Reinhardt. Northeast Conference: Sarah Boissonneault, Randy Brochu. Ohio Valley Conference: Mike Bradd, Kyle Schwartz. Patriot League: Eric Malanowski, Ryan Sakamoto. Pioneer Football League: Cody Bush, Jack Cronin. Southern Conference: Jeff Hartsell, Scott Keeler, Phil Perry. Southland Conference: Matthew Bonnette, James Dixon, Josh Yonis. Southwestern Athletic Conference: Ronnie Johnson, Andrew Roberts, Jacob Shames. Western Athletic Conference: Eric Danner, Dennis Driscoll. National Representatives: Josh Buchanan, Zack Carlton, Riley Corcoran, Sam Herder, Emory Hunt, Kyle Kensing, Brandon Lawrence, Zach McKinnell, Brian McLaughlin, Jon Passman, Kent Schmidt, Lawrence Smith, Phil Sokol, Reggie Thomas, Ralph Ventre, Jamie Williams .
A national media panel selects the Stats Perform FCS Top 25. A vote for first place is worth 25 points, a vote for second place 24 points, up to one point for a vote for 25th place.