The five head football coaches in the Great West Football Conference have picked Cal Poly to finish second this season after the Mustangs were last in 2009.
The Mustangs are looking for their fourth Great West title in the six-year history of the conference after finishing 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the Great West in 2009.
UC Davis, the defending conference champion, received three-first place votes and tops this season’s preseason coaches poll. Cal Poly and Southern Utah, which both received one first-place vote, are picked for second and third, respectively, followed by South Dakota and North Dakota.
The Mustangs return 19 starters from last season as head coach Tim Walsh begins his second season with the Mustangs. Among the returning starters are quarterback Tony Smith and wide receiver Dominique Johnson. Cal Poly opens its season Sept. 4 at home against Humboldt State. Its first Great West game is Oct. 16 at Southern Utah.
UC Davis was 3-1 in the Great West last season and 6-5 overall. The Aggies return 17 starters this season, including special teams, and open the season Sept. 4 at Cal.
Southern Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota were all 2-2 in the Great West in 2009.
Southern Utah is at Wyoming in its opener Sept. 4; South Dakota opens at Central Florida on Sept. 4; and North Dakota opens at Idaho on Sept. 2.