Only one HBCU FCS program was found in the 2019 FCS preseason Coaches Poll released on Monday.
North Carolina A&T is No. 19 in the latest poll. The Aggies were ranked No. 20 in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll released earlier this month.
NC A&T was ranked No.1 in the 2019 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Preseason Football Coaches Poll and HBCU Sports Ultimate Top 25 Preseason Poll.
The Aggies have gone an astonishing 22-2 since 2017, winning a pair of MEAC and Celebration Bowl championships. Though they’ve lost more than a dozen starters its championship core, the Aggies remain the favorites in the MEAC and to win another December bowl game.
How do the Aggies forecast its season? Head coach Washington might have a clue.
“It can be hard to deal with expectations, especially if you allow it to be hard,” Sam Washington told the Greensboro News and Record. “We try not to be concerned about what other people think. We’re going to do what we do, and we’re going to do it well. And then we’ll see what happens.”