(WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL) — Winston-Salem State’s football team, coming off a school and CIAA best 14-1 record, is ranked sixth in Lindy’s Football Annual Division II preseason poll.
The Rams, who made it to the national championship game last season, lost to Valdosta State 35-7. Valdosta State, the defending national champions, grabbed the preseason No. 1 spot in Lindy’s poll with West Texas A&M second.
Also in Lindy’s preseason poll is Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 20 and Tuskegee, who the Rams play in Cleveland on Sept. 21, is ranked No. 23.
In another preseason poll by The Sporting News the Rams are ranked 11th.
Minnesota State is No. 1 in the Sporting News preseason poll with Shippensburg second followed by West Texas A&M and Valdosta State. Tuskegee is ranked 19th by The Sporting News.
The Rams will open their season on a Thursday night at UNC Pembroke on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.
The Rams 14-1 record is the best ever in HBCU, CIAA and school history. Coach Connell Maynor is 35-4 in his three seasons at WSSU.
The Rams will enter this season on a 20-game regular-season winning streak.