Bears picked third in Southland preseason football poll

Coming off a season in which it tied for second place in the Southland Conference, Central Arkansas was tabbed to finish third in league play in 2016.

Picked ahead of the Bears were the two teams from the SLC to make the FCS playoffs – Sam Houston State and McNeese.

Sam Houston State topped both the coaches’ and the sports information directors’ polls, grabbing nine of 11 first-place votes and 10 of 11 first-place votes, respectively.

UCA was third in both polls.

The Bears return 10 preseason all-conference selections to a team that won four of their last five games to conclude the year.

2016 Southland Conference Preseason Polls
Coaches’ Poll

Rank School (First-place votes) Points
1. Sam Houston State (9) 99
2. McNeese (2) 92
3. Central Arkansas 79
4. Lamar 67
5. Stephen F. Austin 60
6. Southeastern Louisiana 57
7. Northwestern State 45
8. Abilene Christian 40
9. UIW 29
10. Nicholls 26
11. Houston Baptist 11

Sports Information Directors’ Poll

Rank School (First-place votes) Points
1. Sam Houston State (10) 100
2. McNeese (1) 86
3. Central Arkansas 84
4. Lamar 67
5. Stephen F. Austin 66
6. Northwestern State 48
7. Southeastern Louisiana 42
8. UIW 39
9. Abilene Christian 37
10. Nicholls 26
11. Houston Baptist 10

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