8.12.14 FOOTBALL: Cavs Picked To Finish Fifth in GLIAC South
(BAY CITY, Mich.) – The 2014 GLIAC Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll has been released and the Walsh Cavaliers have been picked to finish fifth in the South Division. The Cavs garnered 16 points, tied with No. 4 Lake Erie, but is slated fifth as ties were broken using the 2013 order of finish.
Grand Valley State is once again the favorite in the North Division, while Ohio Dominican has been tabbed the team to beat in the South Division.
On the heels of their 9-0 regular season, Ohio Dominican is picked to win the South Division, garnering six first-place votes and 36 points. Not too far behind is Findlay, who claimed the last first-place vote and 30 points. With 27 points, Ashland was picked to finish third. Tiffin and Malone closed out the preseason ballot with 14 and eight points, respectively.
The North Division will be a tight race in 2014, with seven points or less standing between the top-five teams. Grand Valley State, national semifinalists from a year ago, led the way with 49 points and seven first-place votes in this year's preseason poll. Ferris State picked up 42 points to finish second, while Saginaw Valley State claimed the last first-place vote, but only tallied 35 points to finish third. Michigan Tech (30 points) and Hillsdale (26) finished fourth and fifth respectively to round out the top-five. Wayne State was not too far behind the Chargers, earning 21 points to finish sixth in the voting. Northern Michigan (12) and Northwood (9) completed the ballot in the North.
The 2014 Division II football season opens for four GLIAC members on Thursday, Sept. 4, with the rest of the league starting play two days later on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Cavs will play on that Saturday against South Division foe Tiffin in a noon kickoff.