Finished 2018 #19 in the Stats, not in the Hero, and #18 in CSM. They are starting 2019 ranked #21 in the Stats, #12 in Hero, and #10 here.
During his two seasons with Elon, Coach Curt Cignetti took the Phoenix to the playoffs. He left for James Madison during the offseason, but the program promoted defensive coordinator Tony Trisciani and that should lead to a very smooth coaching transition. Elon beat teams like Furman, New Hampshire and James Madison early last season, but injuries caught up to them by the time November rolled around. That led to three straight losses to end the campaign, including a 19-7 defeat at the hands of Wofford in the playoffs.
The Bottom Line:
Elon has a very difficult schedule. They start the season with a trip to North Carolina A&T, a team that has played very well in the MEAC recently. The following week The Citadel, a borderline top 25 team, comes to town. Elon then spends the next weeks on the road in their CAA opener against Richmond and their final non-conference matchup at Wake Forest. And the next games are against James Madison, New Hampshire and Delaware. Elon should be favored in most of those games, but if injuries should strike again, Elon could struggle with that difficult schedule of games.