- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State is the No. 2 team in the Sports Network preseason Football Championship Subdivision poll.

Eastern Washington edged out the Bison to take the top spot.

NDSU earlier took the top spot in the FCS preseason coaches’ poll, with Eastern Washington second.

The rest of the Sports Network poll’s top five is Southeast Louisiana, New Hampshire and Montana - the same three-through-five teams in the coaches’ poll.

NDSU and Eastern Washington will play in 2016 in Fargo and in 2017 in Cheney, Washington. Eastern Washington won the national title the year before NDSU started its three-year run.

NDSU opens this season Aug. 30 at Iowa State, which plays in the upper Football Bowl Subdivision.