Panthers ranked in top 15 by STATS FCS

CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa football team earned a top-15 ranking in the FCS and will open the season against a top-25 opponent, according to the 2018 STATS FCS preseason poll.

In 11 games this season, the Panthers will face five top-14 teams and in-state FBS opponent Iowa. UNI fans will see two top-15 matches in the UNI-Dome when the Panthers host No. 1 North Dakota State on Oct. 6 and No. 3 South Dakota State on Oct. 20.

Illinois State cracked the top 25 and will be visiting the UNI-Dome on Nov. 3.

Eight FCS conferences placed teams in the preseason rankings, led by the Colonial Athletic Association with six, followed by the Missouri Valley Football Conference with five and the Southland Conference with four.