July 17, 2012

Big Sky media and coaches pick Football 13th

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com 

PARK CITY, Utah -- Northern Colorado head coach Earnest Collins Jr. has continually told reporters this week at the 2012 Big Sky Conference Summer Kickoff that preseason polls are based on performances from last year, which would place his team 13th in the newly expanded Big Sky.

However, if the team is still in that spot at the end of the season, then there's an issue.

Both the coaches and the media in the Big Sky Conference selected the Bears to finish the 2012 season 13th. In the coaches poll Northern Colorado received 14 points, while in the media poll it amassed 63.

Two-time defending Big Sky Conference football co-champion Montana State has been selected first by the media and coaches, while Eastern Washington , Montana, Portland State and Cal Poly were chosen second through fifth, respectively, by both groups.

The polls featured 13 teams for the first time. Southern Utah and North Dakota joined the league as full members on July 1. Cal Poly and UC Davis joined as football affiliate members. All four teams played in the Great West Conference in 2011.

Northern Colorado begins its 2012 season on Thursday, August 30 at Utah and opens the home season on Sept. 8 against Colorado Mesa.

All Big Sky teams will play eight conference teams. A new tiebreaker formula has been developed to break ties for the automatic bid to the Division I playoffs.

2012 Preseason Football Polls
 

Media Poll

1. Montana State (30)

502

2. Eastern Washington (3)

453

3. Montana (5)

442

4. Portland State

334

5. Cal Poly (1)

323

6. North Dakota

295

7. Weber State (1)

284

8. Southern Utah

258

9. Northern Arizona

242

10. Sacramento State

191

11. UC Davis

135

12. Idaho State

115

13. Northern Colorado

63

 

Coaches Poll

1. Montana State (7)

136

2. Eastern Washington (4)

131

3. Montana (1)

126

4. Portland State

90

5. Cal Poly

86

6. Weber State

81

7. Northern Arizona

75

8. Southern Utah (1)

74

9. Sacramento State

71

10. North Dakota

68

11. Idaho State

31

12. UC Davis

30

13. Northern Colorado

14