Lumberjacks Picked to Finish Fifth, Sixth in Big Sky Preseason Polls

Lumberjacks Picked to Finish Fifth, Sixth in Big Sky Preseason Polls

OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona was picked to finish fifth, sixth in the Big Sky in the coaches' and the media football preseason polls released today at the Big Sky Kickoff. 

In the coaches' poll it was a tight race for the top two spots. Montana State and Eastern Washington both had six first-place votes with the Bobcats getting the one-point edge in total points 134 to 133. Montana had one first-place vote for third with 121 points. Cal Poly came in fourth with 111 points, followed by NAU in fifth with 95 points.

The media poll had Eastern Washington and Montana State with 17 first place votes each, but the Eagles came out on top with 553 points. The Bobcats received 541 votes for second place. Montana and Idaho State were tied for the third spot with five first-place votes apiece and 446 total points. Cal Poly claimed fifth place with one first-place vote and 433 points, while the Lumberjacks were ranked sixth with one first-place vote and 399 points.

NAU finished fifth in the Big Sky last season with a 5-3 conference record. The Lumberjacks return seven starters on offense and six on defense as they host five opponents in the Walkup Skydome this season.

The Lumberjacks' first conference game of the season will be Montana State on Oct. 3. Kickoff for the Family Weekend game is set for 4 p.m.­


Coaches' Poll

Montana State (6)           134

Eastern Washington (6)    133

Montana (1)                   121

Cal Poly                         111

Northern Arizona          95

Idaho State                    90

Sacramento State            66

Southern Utah                 64

Portland State                 51

North Dakota                  51

Weber State                   43

UC Davis                        33

Northern Colorado           22


Media Poll

Eastern Washington (17)  553

Montana State (17)         541

Montana (5)                   446

Idaho State (5)               446
Cal Poly (1)                    433

Northern Arizona (1)    399

Sacramento State            278

Southern Utah                 255

North Dakota                  226

Weber State                   160

UC Davis                        145

Portland State                 133

Northern Colorado           127

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