Nine of the 12 Colonial Athletic Association football teams including William and Mary received recognition in the 2017 STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 poll that was released on Monday.
Reigning national champion James Madison, which returns 14 starters from last year's squad that went 14-1 (8-0 in CAA play), received 134 of the 163 first-place votes in the poll of media.
James Madison beat Youngstown State in the championship game after eliminating five-time defending champ North Dakota State in the semifinals.
Four other Colonial Athletic Association teams besides James Madison are ranked: No. 7 Richmond, No. 10 Villanova, No. 13 New Hampshire and No. 25...