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UNI Lands At No. 17 On Sports Network Preseason Polls
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 08/13/2013
PHILEDELPHIA, Pa. - The University of Northern Iowa football team was tabbed as the No. 17 ranked team in the FCS in the Sports Network Preseason Poll, it was announced today.
 
The Panthers were also selected as the No. 16 team in the FCS Coaches Poll earlier this month. UNI was ranked in 99 consecutive polls from 2004 to the middle of the 2012 season, tying the MVFC record for consecutive weeks in the top-25.
 
UNI is joined by three other MVFC schools in the Sports Network Preseason Poll with South Dakota State landing at No. 6, Illinois State at No. 13 and North Dakota State taking the top spot at No. 1.
 
UNI was picked to finish third in the MVFC this season and will return seven offensive and six defensive starters after ending the 2012 season on a three game winning streak.

Head coach Mark Farley will enter his 13th season at the helm for the Panthers, winning at least a share of seven Missouri Valley Football Conference championships. Farley picked up his 100th career win during the 2012 season when UNI defeated Central State.

The Panthers will kickoff the 2013 season on Aug. 31 as they take on the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Iowa. The game is set to start at 7:00 p.m.

Team (First-place votes) 2012 Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (127) 14-1 3340 1
2. Montana State Bobcats (1) 11-2 3079 5
3. Sam Houston State Bearkats (5) 11-4 2941 2
4. Eastern Washington Eagles 11-3 2873 4
5. Villanova Wildcats 8-4 2334 15
6. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 9-4 2268 14
7. Central Arkansas Bears 9-3 2244 10
8. Wofford Terriers 9-4 2089 7
9. Georgia Southern Eagles (1) 10-4 2002 3
10. New Hampshire Wildcats 8-4 1920 13
11. Towson Tigers 7-4 1871 17
12. Appalachian State Mountaineers 8-4 1696 9
13. Illinois State Redbirds 9-4 1657 8
14. Cal Poly Mustangs 9-3 1646 12
15. Richmond Spiders 8-3 1384 18
16. Stony Brook Seawolves 10-3 1178 11
17. Northern Iowa Panthers 5-6 1106 NR
18. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 8-3 988 20
19. James Madison Dukes 7-4 964 19
20. Montana Grizzlies 5-6 813 NR
21. Eastern Illinois Panthers 7-5 686 NR
22. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 10-1 587 16
23. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 9-3 514 22
24. Chattanooga Mocs 6-5 505 NR
25. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 8-5 489 24
Others receiving votes: Eastern Kentucky 468, Youngstown State 463, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 174, Colgate 174, Tennessee State 151, Wagner 140, Delaware 130, The Citadel 100, Indiana State 90, Penn 57, McNeese State 46, Sacramento State 44, Samford 39, Southern Illinois 39, Harvard 35, South Carolina State 32, Southeastern Louisiana 30, Tennessee-Martin 29, Stephen F. Austin 17, San Diego 15, Albany 13, Liberty 12, Bucknell 11, Grambling State 8, North Carolina Central 8, Tennessee Tech 6, Jackson State 6, Furman 4, Alabama A&M 4, Alabama State 4, Alcorn State 4, William & Mary 4, Jacksonville State 3, Missouri State 3, Weber State 2, Murray State 2, Butler 2, Elon 2, Florida A&M 2, Northwestern State 1, Duquesne 1, Drake 1.

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