By Adam Cavalier
Carson-Newman football received votes and is four spots out of the top 25 in the preseason American Football Coaches Association poll.
This marks the first year since 2012 that the Eagles have started out the season without rank in the AFCA poll.
After taking back-to-back losses in weeks nine and 10 last year to Lenoir-Rhyne and Newberry last season, Carson-Newman fell out of both the AFCA and D2Football.com polls. It marked the first time in 27 weeks that the Eagles were un-ranked. The streak began in 2012 when Carson-Newman entered the final poll of the regular season with a 66-36 win over archrival Tusculum.
Carson-Newman was ranked 17th in the 2013 preseason AFCA coaches poll and 16th in the preseason poll last year.
Carson-Newman opens up the season Sept. 3 under the lights of Burke-Tarr Stadium against the University of the Cumberlands at 7 p.m. Coverage for the contest will be available at cneagles.com/live with a free high-definition stream as well as over the air on the Eagle Sports Network on Joy 620 (WRJZ-AM, Knoxville) and Mountain Country 106.3 (WPFT-FM, Sevierville).