STATS – The Northern Arizona football program was voted No. 18 in the STATS FCS and Coaches Preseason National Poll released by both organizations on Monday. The Lumberjacks were picked to win the Big Sky by both the league coaches and media. NAU opens the season on Saturday, September 3 at Arizona State.
The Lumberjacks open camp today at 3:30 p.m. to kick off the 2016 practice slate. Practice in the Walkup Skydome is open to the public. NAU returns 37 letterwinners and eight starters for the 2016 campaign, after finishing last season 7-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
The Big Sky had four other teams crack the Top 25 – Montana (14th), Eastern Washington (15th), Portland State (17th), and North Dakota (19th).
A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the STATS FCS Top 25. In the voting, a first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
The Top 25 is released every Monday afternoon during the regular season, except for Sunday morning, Nov. 20, prior to the selection of the 24-team FCS playoff field. A final Top 25 will follow the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.
The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.
The STATS FCS poll can be found by clicking here.