Eastern Washington favored to repeat as Big Sky champion; Montana second
Eastern Washington is favored to defend its Big Sky Conference title, according to polls of coaches and media members that cover the league.
The top six teams in both polls are the same, with Montana second, followed by Montana State, Cal Poly, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah.
EWU received all 12 of the possible first-place votes in the coaches' poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams and Montana received the other first-place vote in the coaches' poll.
The Eagles received 34 of the 36 first-place votes cast in the media poll. Montana and Montana State each received one.
Eastern Washington went 8-0 in league play last season and advanced to the FCS semifinals for the second consecutive year.
The polls were released Tuesday at the league's summer meetings being held in Park City, Utah.
|1.||Eastern Washington (12)||144||1.||Eastern Washington (34)||464|
|2.||Montana (1)||130||2.||Montana (1)||416|
|3.||Montana State||111||3.||Montana State (1)||364|
|4.||Cal Poly||108||4.||Cal Poly||329|
|5.||Northern Arizona||100||5.||Northern Arizona||328|
|6.||Southern Utah||89||6.||Southern Utah||299|
|7.||Sacramento State||79||7.||UC Davis||228|
|8.||Portland State||71||8.||Portland State||227|
|9.||UC Davis||66||9.||Sacramento State||222|
|10.||North Dakota||34||10.||Idaho State||124|
|11.||Weber State||30||11.||North Dakota||121|
|12.||Idaho State||28||12.||Weber State||103|
|13.||Northern Colorado||23||13.||Northern Colorado||61|