RICHMOND, Va. (August 23, 2010) -- Reigning NCAA Division I National Champions and CAA Football Champions Villanova will begin the 2010 season as the nation’s consensus No. 1-ranked team.  The Wildcats earned 22 of the possible 28 first-place votes and 667 points in the preseason edition of the 2010 FCS Coaches Poll released Monday.  Early last week Villanova garnered the top spot in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25.

The Wildcats, who open their season Sept. 3, on ESPN3.com, against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field, lead three other CAA Football squads among the poll’s Top 10.  William and Mary earned a No. 4 ranking in the poll, while Richmond came in at No. 6.  New Hampshire rounds out the league’s spots in the Top 10 after earning a ninth-place spot.

James Madison, which won four-straight to close the 2009 season, garnered a No. 15 ranking in the Coaches poll, while Delaware is positioned at No. 19 in the Top 25 to start the season.  CAA Football also had two squads among those also receiving votes including Massachusetts (24) and Maine (19).

CAA Football makes up four of the Top 10, while both the Southern (Appalachian State and Elon) and Missouri Valley (Southern Illinois and South Dakota State) Conferences boast two in the Top 10.  The Big Sky is represented in the Top 10 by Montana while Stephen F. Austin gives the Southland Conference representation in the group of 10.

The league has now had at least four teams ranked among the Top 10 in the Coaches poll 17-straight weeks dating back to the Nov. 23, 2008 edition.  CAA Football has also had at least four squads ranked every week in the FCS Coaches poll since it debuted in 2007.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

CAA Football’s 2010 regular season is set to kick off Sept. 2 with four non-conference contests as Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island and Towson will all be in action.  The first CAA Football league contest is later that same weekend when Massachusetts hosts William and Mary at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 4 on The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet New England and Cox11 in Williamsburg.

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Team (No. 1 Votes) Record Points Final Ranking
1.  Villanova  (22) 14-1 667 1
2.  Montana  (2) 14-1 632 2
3.  Appalachian State  (4) 11-3 622 T3
4.  William & Mary 11-3 587 T3
5.  Southern Illinois 11-2 551 6
6.  Richmond 11-2 484 5
7.  Elon 9-3 474 10
8.  Stephen F. Austin 10-3 413 9
9.  New Hampshire 10-3 409 7
10.  South Dakota State 8-4 403 11
11.  McNeese State 9-3 376 12
12.  South Carolina State 10-2 341 8
13.  Northern Iowa 7-4 333 18
14.  Eastern Washington 8-4 327 13
15.  James Madison 6-5 290 NR
16.  Eastern Illinois 8-4 236 15
17.  Jacksonville State 8-3 208 16
18.  Weber State 7-5 186 17
19.  Delaware 6-5 185 NR
20.  Liberty 8-3 171 21
21.  Prairie View A&M 9-1 135 19
22.  Colgate 9-2 98 20
23.  Northern Arizona 5-6 87 NR
24.  Montana State 7-4 85 NR
T25.  Cal-Poly 4-7 66 NR
T25.  Holy Cross 9-3 66 14

Other receiving votes (points in parentheses): Penn (60), Illinois State (54), Texas State (53), Florida A&M (44), Furman (36), Eastern Kentucky (35), Wofford (35), UC Davis (32), Massachusetts (24), Georgia Southern (23), Alabama A&M (22), Jackson State (19), Maine (19), Alcorn State (17), Southeastern Louisiana (16), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (16), Southern (15), Central Arkansas (14), Morgan State (14), Hampton (12), Bethune-Cookman (11), Harvard (10), Missouri State (10), Nicholls State (10), Sam Houston State (9), Grambling (8), Alabama State (6), Lehigh (8), Youngstown State (6), Texas Southern (5), Albany (4), Lafayette (4), Butler (3), Mississippi Valley State (3), Southern Utah (3), Central Connecticut State (2), Stony Brook (2), Chattanooga (1), Gardner-Webb (1).