The SFI 2013 Big Sky Preseason Poll

Now that the 2013 Big Sky Kickoff is in the books we thought we might as well throw one more poll out there.  For those that haven’t seen them yet, here are the official 2013 Big Sky Preseason Polls that were released earlier this week:

Media Poll
1. Montana State (31) …………………………596
2. Eastern Washington (12) ……………..566
3. Montana (3) ……………………………………492
4. Cal Poly (1) ……………………………………..466
5. Northern Arizona …………………………..457
6. Sacramento St. (1) ………………………….374
7. North Dakota …………………………………309
8. Northern Colorado ……………………….239
9. Southern Utah ……………………………… 228
10. Portland State ……………………………….212
11. UC Davis ………………………………………….191
12. Weber State ………………………………….164
13. Idaho State ………………………………………74
Coaches Poll
1. Montana State (8) …………………………..140
2. Eastern Washington (3) ……………….130
3. Montana (2) ……………………………………….111
4. Cal Poly ……………………………………………109
5. Northern Arizona ……………………………104
6. Sacramento State …………………………….88
7. North Dakota …………………………………….66
8. Northern Colorado …………………………63
9. Southern Utah …………………………………57
10. Portland State ………………………………..49
11. Weber State …………………………………….48
12. UC Davis …………………………………………..37
13. Idaho State ……………………………………….12
Last year, UND was picked 6th by the media and 10th by the coaches.  They finished 2012 in 8th in the BSC.  This year, they are picked 7th by both the media and coaches.  It looks as though the coaches in the league are noticing an improving UND Football program.  We feel that is a fair spot to place them based on what they have returning (13 starters) and the fact they showed they can beat the middle-to-bottom teams in the Big Sky, but were beaten soundly by the top 2 teams on the road.  The freshman QBs and the defense are also question marks that need to be sorted out.

Here is the official 2013 SFI Big Sky Preseason Poll:

1.  Montana State
2.  Eastern Washington
3.  Northern Arizona
4.  Cal-Poly
5.  Montana
6.  North Dakota
7.  Northern Colorado
8.  Sacramento State
9.  Portland State
10.  Southern Utah
11.  UC-Davis
12.  Weber State
13.  Idaho State

Our poll varies a bit from what the coaches and media think will happen.  Northern Arizona has a favorable schedule and a league-high 6 preseason all-conference picks, which led us to picking them 3rd and securing a playoff spot.  On the flip side, Montana has a fairly tough schedule, playing all the top Big Sky teams, so we dropped them accordingly.  The teams in the 6-10 spots could be changed around any which way, but this is how we see it based on returning starters and schedule.  UND needs to go out and prove their weight and earn their respect in the Big Sky.  This year’s schedule will give them that opportunity.

 

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2 Responses to The SFI 2013 Big Sky Preseason Poll

  1. give em hell north dakota, give em hell.

  2. siouxpride.com says:

    Gonna be tough to crack that top 4 but it’s going to be even more fun to watch it happen – best schedule in the country – no room for DII here.

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