Arkansas-Pine Bluff will start the football season ranked No. 2 in the Boxtorow FCS HBCU Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
UAPB finished the 2012 season No. 1 in the poll, organized by the radio show “From the Press Box to Press Row” (10-11 a.m. Saturdays, KUAP-FM 89.7). For the preseason poll, the Golden Lions received five of 17 first-place votes, trailing No. 1-ranked Bethune-Cookman (10 first-place votes).
No. 3 Tennessee State garnered the other two first-place votes. Rounding out the poll are Alabama State, Jackson State and North Carolina A&T in a tie for fifth, North Carolina Central, Howard, Alabama A&M and South Carolina State.
UAPB is also ranked 16th in The Sporting News’ FCS Preseason Top 25.
— I.C. Murrell