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Coaches and Media Project Thunderbirds Seventh In Big Sky Polls

July 18, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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PARK CITY, Utah (July 18, 2017) - Both 2017 Big Sky Preseason Polls were released today in conjunction with the Big Sky Football Kickoff in Park City, and both the media and the coaches around the Big Sky Conference have tabbed the Thunderbirds seventh heading into the season.

In his first year as the leader of the Thunderbirds head coach Demario Warren led the Thunderbirds to a tie for fourth in conference standings with a 5-3 Big Sky record.  

“You don't demand respect, you earn it,” Warren said. “We are working to build our reputation as one of the top Big Sky teams year in and year out. Since joining the league in 2012 we are tied with the fourth most Big Sky wins and third most in the last two years, one behind Eastern Washington and North Dakota. We are on the right path and this will be a big season for us to try and earn that respect around the league and the country. Our guys are used to being the underdogs and will be thrilled about the challenges that brings.”    

SUU was picked seventh in both polls before the 2016 season and eighth in both before the 2015 campaign. 

The Fighting Hawks of North Dakota and the Eagles of Eastern Washington were picked first and second respectively in both the Media Poll and the Coaches' Poll.

The Thunderbirds are projected to play the top five teams selected in both polls, with UND, EWU, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly and Weber State all on SUU's schedule.  

The Thunderbirds will open their season on September 2 in Eugene, Oregon against the Oregon Ducks. SUU's first home contest will be against Northern Iowa on September 16, and they will open Big Sky  play in Sacramento against Sacramento State on September 23.

Keep tabs on the Thunderbirds all year long by following @SUUFB on Twitter and Instagram and like the SUU Football page on Facebook.

Media Poll

Place

Team

Votes (First Place Votes)

1.

North Dakota

298 (15)

2.

Eastern Washington

271 (5)

3.

Northern Arizona

236 (3)

4.

Cal Poly

224

5.

Weber State

209

6.

Montana

204 (1)

7.

Southern Utah

175

8.

Montana State

156

9.

Northern Colorado

135

10.

Portland State

104

11.

UC Davis

62

12.

Sacramento State

61

13.

Idaho State

44


Coaches' Poll

Place

Team

Votes (First Place Votes)

1.

North Dakota

130 (6)

2.

Eastern Washington

124 (2)

3.

Northern Arizona

119 (2)

4.

Cal Poly

108 (1)

5.

Weber State

103 (1)

6.

Montana

83 (1)

7.

Southern Utah

80

8.

Montana State

69

9.

Portland State

62

10.

Northern Colorado

60

11.

UC Davis

35

12.

Sacramento State

26

13.

Idaho State

15