Villanova is ranked No. 10 in the STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 released this afternoon. The Wildcats tallied 2,628 points in the opening poll.
The Wildcats are one of five CAA teams ranked in the Top 25. Defending National Champion James Madison claims the top spot with 4,034 points and 134 first place votes. Richmond checks in at No. 7, New Hampshire at No. 13 and Albany at No. 24.
Villanova returns 15 starters and 32 letterwinners from last year's team that went 9-4 overall and 6-2 in CAA play. The Wildcats earned an at large bid to the FCS playoffs a season ago where they advanced to the second round.
The 2017 season opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 2, at No. 17 Lehigh. Villanova will open its home schedule on Sept. 16 with a game versus Lafayette.