The McNeese Cowboys football team are gearing up for the 2016 season, and will kick off the season this Saturday in Lake Charles. With the season nearing, all the preseason polls are coming out.

Back at the beginning of August, the STATS top 25 poll came out and the pokes were ranked 11th. Their Southland conference foes Sam Houston were ranked #2.

This weekend, the Hero Sports top 25 preseason poll came out and the Cowboys landed at the #11 spot in that poll, too. Sam Houston captured the #2 spot in this pool, as well.

Here is the top 25 poll:

Hero Sports FCS Preseason Top 25 Media Poll
1.  North Dakota State
2.  Sam Houston State
3.  Jacksonville State
4.  Northern Iowa
5.  Richmond
6.  Chattanooga
7.  Charleston Southern
8.  South Dakota State
9.  William & Mary
10. Illinois State
11. McNeese
12. James Madison
13. Eastern Washington
14. Montana
15. Northern Arizona
16. Citadel
17. Portland State
18. Coastal Carolina
19. North Dakota
20. Western Illinois
21. New Hampshire
22. Villanova
23. Colgate
24. Youngstown State
25. Towson

Source: Matt Bonnette (Sports Information Director/ Assisant Athletic Director) McNeese State

The Cowboys open up the 2016 season here in Lake Charles this Saturday night, September 3rd against Tarleton State at Cowboys stadium. Kickoff is set at 6:00pm.