This was my crack at it:

1: North Dakota State Bison
2: South Dakota State Jackrabbits
3: Montana Grizzlies
4: Montana State Bobcats
5: Villanova Wildcats
6: Missouri State Bears
7: Kennesaw State Owls
8: Sac State Hornets
9: Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks
10: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks
11: Northern Iowa Panthers
12: Chattanooga Mocs
13: Delaware Fightin Blue Hens
14: Eastern Washington Eagles
15: East Tennessee State Buccaneers
16: Southern Illinois Salukis
17: Southeastern Louisiana Lions
18: Incarnate Word Cardinals
19: South Dakota Coyotes
20: Mercer Bears
21: Holy Cross Crusaders
22: Jackson State Tigers
23: Weber State Wildcats
24: Richmond Spiders
25: Dartmouth Big Green


Some hot takes where I differed quite a bit from the consensus is that I think UNI will have a very good year and I think SIU is going to tail off from where they've been. I'm also a bit higher on UT Martin but that's more because I couldn't come up with a good argument to move people above them and I felt like having Missouri St so high (who UTM beat last year on the road in the playoffs) kind of pulled them up as well.

In general my reasoning for my placement of teams in my preseason ballot is pretty much: