During Coach Greg Gattuso's tenure as the head coach of the UAlbany Great Danes football team, the program has yet to receive a preseason national ranking. That changed this week as Athlon Sports ranked the Great Danes as the twentieth best team in the country. The website posted this explanation as to why UAlbany deserves the ranking

A return to form by junior running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks (1,401 rushing yards, 16 TDs), who suffered a torn ACL in the season’s final game, is vital for the Great Danes as they come off their best season since joining the CAA in 2013. They need improved play at quarterback to avoid being one of the last two teams left out of the playoff field again.

The UAlbany Great Danes barely missed out on an FCS playoff berth last season and some believed they were more than qualified to be in last year's field. The nationally recognized polls (both media and coaches) will not be officially released for at least another two months. When those polls are released, do you believe UAlbany will be ranked? Should they be? Let us know below.



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