PARK CITY, Utah —The Sacrameno State football team was tabbed to finish sixth in the Big Sky Conference preseason poll by both the coaches and media, it was announced on Monday at the Big Sky Kickoff.
The two polls were nearly identical with 12 of the 13 spots matching between the two groups. Montana State was the overwhelming favorite in both polls. The Bobcats garnered 31 of the 48 first-place votes from the media and eight of the 13 from the coaches. Those totals gave MSU 596 points in the media poll and 140 in the coaches poll.
Eastern Washington, Montana, Cal Poly and Northern Arizona complete the top five. EWU collected 12 first-place votes and 566 points from the media and 130 points, including three first-place votes, from the coaches. Despite finishing 5-6 last season, Montana was picked to finish third. The Grizzlies return quarterback Jordan Johnson who led the team in 2011 but did not play in 2012.
Cal Poly and Sacramento State were the only other schools to earn a first-place vote in the media poll with each team receiving one. The Hornets totaled 374 points in the media poll and 88 in the coaches poll.
North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah and Portland State were selected to finish seventh through 10th, respectively in both polls. The lone discrepancy between the two groups came at Nos. 11 and 12 where UC Davis and Weber State flip-flopped. Idaho State was picked 13th on both.
The Hornets open the season on Aug. 29 at San Jose State.
|Media Poll||Coaches Poll|
|1. Montana State (31)||596||1. Montana State (8)||140|
|2. Eastern Washington (12)||566||2. Eastern Washington (3)||130|
|3. Montana (3)||492||3. Montana (2)||111|
|4. Cal Poly (1)
||466||4. Cal Poly
|5. Northern Arizona
||457||5. Northern Arizona
|6. Sacramento State (1)
||374||6. Sacramento State
|7. North Dakota
||309||7. North Dakota
|8. Northern Colorado
||239||8. Northern Colorado
|9. Southern Utah
||228||9. Southern Utah||57|
|10. Portland State||212||10. Portland State
|11. UC Davis||191||11. Weber State
|12. Weber State
||164||12. UC Davis
|13. Idaho State
||74||13. Idaho State