DES MOINES, Iowa - The 2012 preseason Pioneer Football League Coaches' Poll was released today and the Drake Bulldogs are picked to finish second behind the team with which they tied for the conference title a year ago-the San Diego Toreros. The Bulldogs received one first-place vote.
San Diego received eight of a possible nine first place votes and 79 of 81 possible points as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll. Drake received one first place vote and 71 possible points. Both the Toreros and Bulldogs finished the 2011 campaign with identical 7-1 records, San Diego winning the regular-season meeting between the two teams. The two teams will meet again in 2012 with Drake hosting San Diego in an Oct. 6 contest at Drake Stadium.
Jacksonville was picked to finish third with 65 points. Dayton picked up the remaining first-place vote and 56 total points to finish fourth in the preseason poll. Campbell rounded out the poll's top half with 45 points for fifth place.
Marist (6th, 42 points), Butler (7th, 34), Morehead State (8th, 27), Davidson (9th, 20) and Valparaiso (10th, 11) rounded out the PFL Preseason Poll.
The league will announce its Preseason All-PFL teams Tuesday. For more information, and the complete, poll, please visit www.pioneer-football.org.
The Bulldogs open the 2012 season at home versus Grand View on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. at Drake Stadium. For tickets please visit www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com, or call (515) 271-DOGS.