The Temple Wildcats' first regular season game is a month away, and fans are hyped after last year's state championship appearance. Now fans have something else to be hyped about as well.

According to and the THSCA Preseason Coaches Poll, the Wildcats are ranked third in the Class 5A, Region III preseason poll behind only Cedar Park in second and Manvel in first.

The Temple Wildcats ousted the Manvel Mavericks 24-23 in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Class 5A Division 1 playoffs last year in what many considered an upset.

The results of the poll will add fuel to the fire for the Wildcats this season and stoke more hunger to finally get that state championship back home to Temple.

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