LANCASTER, Pa. — Franklin & Marshall's football team enters the 2018 season ranked 24th in the D3football.com Preseason Poll. The preseason ranking is the second for F&M this preseason, as the Diplomats were ranked 17th in the Street & Smith's Preseason Poll.
The Diplomats put together one of the best seasons in program history last year. F&M closed down a historic field with one of 10 wins on the season while christening a new stadium with a Centennial Conference (CC) Title. The Diplomats won both rivalry games and capped off the year with a Bowl Championship, thanks in large part to contributions made by the team's 15 All-Conference selections – the most in the history of the program
The Diplomats' inaugural season-opener in Shadek Stadium is slated for Saturday, Sept. 1 against Lebanon Valley at 1:00 p.m. F&M's CC opener is set for the following weekend when the Diplomats travel to Juniata on Saturday, Sept. 8.