BRYAN, Texas -- The Sam Houston State football team is ranked No. 7 in Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top 25. The Bearkats are the highest ranked Southland Conference team. Nicholls is No. 15, McNeese State is No. 17 and Central Arkansas is No. 24.
Defending national champion North Dakota State is No. 1. James Madison, New Hampshire, South Dakota State and Kennesaw State round out the top 5.
Sam Houston State will open the 2018 season September 8 at home against Prairie View A&M.