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Aug. 6 - LATROBE, Pa. – The Bethany College football team was chosen to finish sixth in the preseason poll released Wednesday during the 2008 PAC Football Media Day, held at Saint Vincent College. Voters in the poll included conference head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media who were in attendance at the event.

Coming off their second consecutive 4-6 season, which included a 2-4 mark in the PAC, the Bison collected 78 total points to finish in front of Thiel (65 with one first place vote). The Bison were tied for sixth with Westminster with 23 points in the coaches’ poll, placed sixth (26) in the media ballot and earned fifth place in the SIDs survey (29).

Washington & Jefferson was tabbed as the favorite to repeat as PAC champions by pulling in 192 total points, including 23 first place votes. The Presidents swept all nine first votes among the SIDs, nine of the 10 top votes from the media and five of the nine coaches chose W&J to win again. Waynesburg was picked second with 165 points and four first place votes, followed by Westminster (100), Grove City (97), Thomas More (87), Bethany and Thiel.
NCAA provisional members Geneva and Saint Vincent were projected to finish with 5-3 and 1-7 marks against league competition in ’08, according to poll voters. Geneva and Saint Vincent are not eligible for the PAC football crown until the institutions are granted active membership in Division III by the NCAA at the conclusion of their provisional membership period, tentatively scheduled for 2010 for Saint Vincent and 2011 for Geneva.
Bethany, which returns 17 starters from last year’s squad, opens the 2008 season Sept. 6 at Otterbein (Ohio) College. The Bison’s home opener is Sept. 13 against Kentucky Christian University, a first year NAIA program.

2008 PAC Preseason Football Poll

  1. Washington & Jefferson (23) 192 points
  2. Waynesburg (4)                       165 points
  3. Westminster                             100 points
  4. Grove City                                97 points
  5. Thomas More                           87 points
  6. Bethany                                    78 points
  7. Thiel (1)                                    65 points