CHENEY, Wash. -

The Eastern Washington University football team, which begins practices for the 2013 season tomorrow, has been ranked third in the preseason NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll released Tuesday (Aug. 6).

The Eagles, who won the 2010 FCS title and were a semifinalist in 2012, trail only No. 1 North Dakota State and No. 2 Montana State in the poll. Eastern is ranked just ahead of No. 4 Sam Houston State, the FCS runners-up the past two seasons.

Eastern plays at Sam Houston State on Sept. 28 in a rematch of last year’s 45-42 Bearkat victory in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. Montana State, which was defeated at home by the Eagles 27-24 a year ago, plays at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., on Nov. 9.