Football season is approaching, and once again the Tribe is nationally-ranked in several pre-season polls. For instance, the Sports Network FCS poll places the Tribe at number 19. Athlon Sports ranks William and Mary number 15 and predicts that the Tribe will earn an at-large playoff birth. The Tribe ranks 25th in the FCS Coaches Poll. The Sporting News and Lindy's magazine have ranked the Tribe 23rd and 15th respectively. (See here). As usual, teams from the Colonial Athletic Association are well-represented in these national rankings. For instance, the FCS Coaches Poll includes New Hampshire, Towson, Maine, Villanova, William and Mary and Richmond in the top 25. Ditto for the Sports Network FCS poll.
As usual, the Tribe opens on the road, this time against FBS/ACC opponent Virginia Tech, on August 30 in Blacksburg. (For the Tribe's 2014 football schedule, complete with all time records against various opponents, go here.) The series between the two teams dates back to 1904, and the Hokies lead the series 40-18-4. Fans who cannot join the Griffin in Blacksburg can watch the game on ESPNews according to this story.