Pioneers picked fourth in SAC football poll

Pioneers picked fourth in SAC football poll

ROCK HILL, S.C. --- Tusculum University is picked to finish fourth in the chase for the 2019 South Atlantic Conference football championship with the release of the Preseason Coaches' Poll.

The Pioneers received 54 total points including one first place vote in a poll of the league's nine head football coaches.

Defending champion Lenoir-Rhyne is the favorite to repeat as the Bears garnered 68 points including five first place votes. Wingate is second with 64 points and three first place nods, followed by Carson-Newman (55), Tusculum, Newberry (45), Catawba (37) and Mars Hill (33). 

Associate member Limestone, who will join the SAC as a full league member in all sports starting in the 2020-2021 academic year, received 21 points and is eighth, while conference newcomer Virginia-Wise is picked ninth with 19 points in the Cavaliers' inaugural SAC season.

Tusculum is coming off back-to-back 5-5 seasons including last year where TU went 4-3 in conference play to finish tied for third in the SAC standings.

The Pioneers will open the season on Thursday, Sept. 5 when they travel to Cleveland, Mississippi to face Delta State University.

 

2019 SAC Football Coaches' Poll

Pl

Team (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1

Lenoir-Rhyne (5)

68

2

Wingate (3)

64

3

Carson-Newman

55

4

TUSCULUM (1)

54

5

Newberry

45

6

Catawba

37

7

Mars Hill

33

8

Limestone

21

9

Virginia-Wise

19