Football Earns Preseason ‘Top 25’ Ranking from CSN
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Saturday 08/02/2011
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MACOMB, Ill. - The Fighting Leatherneck football team earned its first preseason 'Top 25' national ranking on Monday when they were picked 21st in the College Sporting News list. Western Illinois returns 13 starters from last year's 8-5 team that advanced to the NCAA Division I playoffs and finished ranked 17th nationally.

Western was one of four Missouri Valley Football Conference teams listed. Northern Iowa (8th), North Dakota State (10th), Southern Illinois (17th) and Western represented the MVFC. The Leathernecks' 2011 opening opponent, Sam Houston State (Sept. 1st), received votes in the poll.

The campaign officially begins on Friday afternoon at the practice fields.

HOME OPENER KICKOFF TIME MOVED BACK: Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine announced on Tuesday that the kickoff time on September 10th against Jacksonville has been moved back to 3 p.m.

The game originally was slated for a 1 p.m. start. It marks the home-opener for Western, the first of five games at home. It will also mark the debut of the Matrix Turf that is currently being installed at Hanson Field. The Leathernecks will look to add to their current six-game home win streak (6-0 in 2010).


College Sporting News 2011 Preseason Top 25

1. Appalachian State
2. Georgia Southern
3. Delaware
4. William & Mary
5. Eastern Washington
6. Montana State
7. New Hampshire
8. Northern Iowa
9. Wofford
10. North Dakota State
11. Villanova
12. Jacksonville State
13. McNeese State
14. James Madison
15. Penn
16. Lehigh
17. Southern Illinois
18. Stephen F. Austin
19. Montana
20. Liberty
21. Western Illinois
22. Florida A&M
23. Bethune-Cookman
24. Harvard
25. Central Arkansas
Others receiving votes: Chattanooga, Colgate, Sam Houston State, Murray State, Southern Utah, Central Connecticut State, South Carolina State, Grambling, Robert Morris.

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