UNI Ranked No. 9 in College Sports Journal Poll
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Wednesday 08/23/2012

PHILEDELPHIA, Pa.  - The University of Northern Iowa football team has been tabbed as the No. 9 ranked team in the first College Sports Journal Preseason Top-25 it was announced today.

National Champions North Dakota State is ranked No. 1 with the runner's up, Sam Houston State, coming in at No. 2. Following the Bearkats in the poll is Appalachian State, Montana State and Georgia Southern rounding out the top-five.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference has five different teams representing the conference in the preseason poll including two in the top-10. The three remaining teams, Youngstown State, Illinois State and Indiana State, round out the MVFC teams in the top-25 represented in College Sports Journal poll.

UNI is coming off another stellar season by capturing back-to back MVFC titles in 2011 following a 7-1 run through the league. The Panthers also achieved head coach Mark Farley's sixth 10-plus win season since taking over in 2001.

The Panthers posted a mark of 4-2 against Ranked foes in 2011, including a 28-21 win over No. 12 ranked Wofford in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

UNI will open their season against Big Ten member Wisconsin on Sept. 1 in Madison, Wis. The game is set to kick-off at 2:30 p.m. CT.

College Sports Journal Preseason Top 25
1. North Dakota State
2. Sam Houston State
3. Appalachian State
4. Montana State
5. Georgia Southern
6. Towson
7. James Madison
8. Wofford
9. Northern Iowa
10. Lehigh
11. Stony Brook
12. Eastern Washington
13. Old Dominion
14. Delaware
15. Youngstown State
16. Montana
17. Maine
18. Indiana State
19. New Hampshire
20. Norfolk State
21. Illinois State
22. Stephen F. Austin
23. Southern Utah
24. Villanova
25. Eastern Kentucky

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