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Bay City, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team was selected to finish third in the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football Coaches Preseason North Division Poll, which was released Monday (Aug. 26) in conjunction with the launch of the GLIAC Football Media Day website.
The Bulldogs received 69 points along with one first-place vote in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's 15 head coaches. This year marks the third time the league's preseason gridiron poll has been seperated by divisions.
In the North Division, Grand Valley State was picked first with 94 points and six first-place votes, Saginaw Valley State was second with 87 points and six first-place votes. Behind FSU was Michigan Tech in fourth place with 66 points and a single first-place vote, Hillsdale came in fifth with 65 points and one vote, Wayne State was picked sixth with 48 points followed by Northern Michigan in seventh with 23 points and Northwood rounding out the division with 22 points in eighth-place.
In the South Division, Ashland was first with 88 points and 10 first-place votes, Ohio Dominican took second with 80 points and four first-place votes, Findlay was third with 69 points and one vote, Walsh placed fourth with 43 points, Lake Erie came in fifth with 40 points while Tiffin was sixth with 30 points along with Malone in seventh with 21 points.
The 2013 GLIAC football season officially kicks off with six non-conference games on Thursday, Sept. 5. Seven other games will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 7. The league schedule begins the following week on Saturday, Sept. 14. The final week of GLIAC regular-season play will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Three GLIAC teams are ranked in the 2013 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches' Poll with Ashland ranked ninth, Grand Valley State 14th along with Saginaw Valley State University ranked 22nd in the nation. In addition, five other GLIAC teams were listed in the "Others Receiving Votes" category including Michigan Tech, Ferris State, Hillsdale, Ohio Dominican and Wayne State.
The Bulldogs return more than 40 letterwinners and 17 starters from a year ago when they finished with a 7-4 overall record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) during head coach Tony Annese's debut campaign.
Ferris State begins its 105th season of varsity competition by facing a North Dakota State on Sept. 7 at Gate City Bank Field inside the Fargodome at Fargo, N.D. The Bison are the two-time defending Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Champions and the preseason number one team in the country. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET) and the contest will be televised live by ESPN3.
The week one test will kickoff an 11-game Bulldog football slate in 2013 that features five home contests at Top Taggart Field and a 10-game GLIAC schedule. FSU will play its home opener the following week on Sept. 14 as the Bulldogs open league action in Big Rapids against the Lake Erie Storm starting at 7 p.m. (ET).
Expectations are high at Ferris State in year two under Annese. The Bulldogs posted a 7-4 overall mark in his debut season last fall (2012) and FSU ranked among the nation's top 10 teams in both rushing offense and total offense.
The Bulldogs recorded several impressive wins under Annese's direction a year ago, including beating archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic for the first time since 1999, snapping a 10-year losing streak to Michigan Tech and topping defending national runner-up Wayne State for the first time in five years. FSU also managed to win seven games for only the second time in the past decade despite facing one of the nation's two toughest schedules in Division II football during the regular-season, according to the Massey Ratings.
Besides putting together an impressive debut season with the Bulldogs, Annese and his staff also inked what is considered to be the nation's top incoming recruiting class in Division II football, according to FootballScoop.com.
Both season and individual game tickets for all 2013 home contests are now on sale and can be purchased thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888 or online at StarTickets.com. For more information, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
The following is the complete 2012 GLIAC Football Coaches Preseason Poll with first-place votes in parenthesis along with total points.
|2013 GLIAC Football
Preseason Coaches’ Poll
||Grand Valley St. (6)||94
|2.||Saginaw Valley St. (6)
|3.||Ferris State (1)||69
|4.||Michigan Tech (1)||66
|2.||Ohio Dominican (4)||80