The Youngstown State football team is ranked in the top 10 in both major preseason FCS polls. YSU is eighth in the preseason FCS Coaches Poll and ninth in the preseason FCS STATS Poll.
James Madison, last year's National Champion, is ranked No. 1 in both polls. In the STATS Poll, Penguin foes North Dakota State is second and South Dakota State is fourth. Sandwiched between both is Sam Houston State at No. 3. Other ranked MVFC teams in the top 25 include UNI at No. 18, Illinois State at No. 20 and Western Illinois at No. 25.
In the FCS Coaches Poll, NDSU is second, SDSU is sixth, Illinois State sits 18th and UNI is 20th.
The Penguins are coming off a 12-4 season and appeared in the Division I National Championship Game. The Guins finished second in the both final polls in 2016. At the outset of the 2016 campaign, YSU was not ranked entering the season.
Season tickets are on sale by calling (330) 941-1978 or visiting the YSU Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Penguin Club memberships are available by calling (330) 941-2351.