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July 15, 2014

Cal Poly Selected to Finish Fourth in Big Sky by Coaches and Media

PARK CITY, Utah – The Cal Poly football team has been selected by Big Sky Conference coaches and the media to repeat its fourth-place finish of a year ago.

Coach Tim Walsh's Mustangs, who captured the Big Sky title in Cal Poly's first year in the conference in 2012, shared fourth place with Southern Utah, Montana State and UC Davis, all 5-3, in 2013.

The polls were released by the Big Sky Conference at its Summer Football Kickoff on Tuesday in Park City, Utah.

Eastern Washington, the Big Sky champion a year ago at 8-0, is predicted by both the 13 head coaches and 36 members of the media to successfully defend its title. The Eagles have won or shared the last two Big Sky titles and were national semifinalists bost seasons.

The Eagles earned 12 of the 13 first-place votes from the coaches and 144 total points. The other first-place vote went to Montana, which earned 130 points and is second in the preseason poll. Head coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

In the media poll, Eastern Washington garnered 34 first-place votes and 464 points. Montana and Montana State each earned one first-place vote.

The top six teams in each poll are the same – Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State, Cal Poly, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Cal Poly earned 108 points in the coaches poll and 329 points in the media poll.

Cal Poly, 6-6 overall a year ago, opens its 2014 season, its sixth under Walsh, on Thursday, August 28, at New Mexico State. The Mustangs also play at South Dakota State on Sept. 6 before playing their home opener Sept. 20 against Portland State, a non-conference game at 6:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

2014 Big Sky Conference Preseason Polls
Coaches
1.    Eastern Washington (12)       144
2.    Montana (1)                        130
3.    Montana State                     111
4.    Cal Poly                            108
5.    Northern Arizona                  100
6.    Southern Utah                       89
7.    Sacramento State                  79
8.    Portland State                        71
9.    UC Davis                               66
10.    North Dakota                        34
11.    Weber State                         30
12.    Idaho State                          28
13.    Northern Colorado               23

Media
1.    Eastern Washington (34)      464
2.    Montana (1)                       416
3.    Montana State (1)              364
4.    Cal Poly                           329
5.    Northern Arizona                328
6.    Southern Utah                    299
7.    UC Davis                           228
8.    Portland State                    227
9.    Sacramento State              222
10.    Idaho State                      124
11.    North Dakota                   121
12.    Weber State                    103
13.    Northern Colorado             61
    First-place votes in parentheses