Comparing FCS Stats Perform 2021 Preseason Top 25 with College Football America Yearbook’s Top 30

Sam Houston State Bearkats

The FCS Stats Perform Preseason Top 25 was released earlier this month, and that poll had the same No. 1 as the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s Preseason Top 30 — Sam Houston State.

FCS Stats Perform installed the Bearkats at No. 1, as Sam Houston State is coming off its first FCS national crown. The College Football America Yearbook did the same, citing the title and the wealth of returning starters the Bearkats possess.

FCS Stats Perform had James Madison at No. 2, South Dakota State at No. 3, North Dakota State at No. 4, Delaware at No. 5, Weber State at No. 6, Southern Illinois at No. 7, North Dakota at No. 8, Montana at No. 9 and Jacksonville State at No. 10.

The College Football America Yearbook ranked South Dakota State at No. 2, followed by No. 3 North Dakota State, No. 4 James Madison, No. 5 Southern Illinois, No. 6 Delaware, No. 7 Montana, No. 8 Eastern Washington, No. 9 North Dakota and No. 10 Southeastern Louisiana in its preseason Top 30.

After the Top 10, FCS Stats Perform had Eastern Washington at No. 11, Montana State at No. 12, Monmouth (NJ) at No. 13, Central Arkansas at No. 14, Southeastern Louisiana at No. 15, Villanova at No. 16, VMI at No. 17, Chattanooga at No. 18, Kennesaw State at No. 19, Austin Peay at No. 20, Northern Iowa at No. 21, Nicholls State at No. 22, UC Davis at No. 23, Missouri State at No. 24 and North Carolina A&T at No. 25.

The remainder of the College Football America Yearbook Top 30 included No. 11 Jacksonville State, No. 12 Weber State, No. 13 Monmouth (NJ), No. 14 Nicholls State, No. 15 ETSU, No. 16 Austin Peay, No. 17 Villanova, No. 18 Central Arkansas, No. 19 Chattanooga, No. 20 Kennesaw State, No. 21 Missouri State, No. 22 North Carolina A&T, No. 23 VMI, No. 24 Montana State, No. 25 Illinois State, No. 26 Holy Cross, No. 27 Mercer, No. 28 Murray State, No. 29 San Diego and No. 30 Stephen F. Austin.

The College Football America 2021 Yearbookfeatures more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

The print edition is available online via and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble.

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