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Aug. 4 - LATROBE, Pa. – The Bethany College football team was predicted to place seventh in the preseason poll released Wednesday during the 2010 PAC Football Media Day, held at Saint Vincent College. Voters in the poll were league head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media who attended the event.

The Bison, who are coming off a 3-7 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the PAC a season ago, totaled 87 total points to finish ahead of Saint Vincent (35). Bethany was sixth in the media faction of the voting with 25 points and was seventh in the SID (32) and coaches (30) portion of the balloting.

Two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More was picked to win a third straight conference crown, earning 220 overall points and 22 first place votes to place ahead of Washington & Jefferson (191 points, five first place votes), who also earned a bid to the NCAA playoffs last year. Following the Presidents were Waynesburg (154), Grove City (132), Westminster (114), Thiel (92 with three first place votes), Bethany and Saint Vincent.

NCAA provisional member Geneva was projected to finish with a 5-3 record against league competition in ’10, according to poll voters. Geneva is not eligible for the PAC football championship until they are granted active membership in Division III by the NCAA at the conclusion of their provisional membership period, tentatively scheduled for 2011. This is the first year Saint Vincent is eligible for the crown after completing their provisional membership last year.

With 17 starters returning, Bethany opens the new campaign Sept. 4 at Bison Stadium against former PAC rival Allegheny, who finished 8-2 last year. The Bison’s PAC opener is Sept. 18 Washington & Jefferson.

2010 PAC Preseason Football Poll
  1. Thomas More (22)                   220 points
  2. Washington & Jefferson (5)    191 points
  3. Waynesburg                             154 points
  4. Grove City                               132 points
  5. Westminster                             114 points
  6. Thiel (3)                                    92 points
  7. Bethany                                    87 points
  8. Saint Vincent                            35 points