The Cal Poly football team is ranked 24th in Athlon’s preseason FCS poll.
Cal Poly (7-5, 5-3 last year) is one of five Big Sky Conference teams in the preseason top 25.
Four-time defending national champion North Dakota State is ranked No. 1. Eastern Washington, at No. 6, is the top-ranked Big Sky team. Other Big Sky teams in the poll are No. 13 Montana State, No. 17 Montana and No. 18 Idaho State.
Cal Poly plays all of those five Big Sky teams this year and also has a home game with No. 11 Northern Iowa.
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Cal Poly is unranked in The Sporting News’ preseason poll where Eastern Washington is the top Big Sky team at No. 5. North Dakota State also tops that poll.