Wabash Football 19th in Preseason Poll
by Brent Harris
August 6, 2011
Wabash football returned to the national rankings on Friday when the 2011 D3football.com preseason poll was released. The Little Giants, who were in and out of the top-25 throughout last season, are 19th in this year's preseason rankings.
Wabash received a total of 175 points. Wittenberg, picked to win the North Coast Athletic Conference by the league's coaches, is one spot back at 20th with 165 points. Defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater tops the poll, receiving 16 first place votes and a total of 619 points. Perenial national power Mount Union ranks second with 6 first place votes and 606 points.
The Little Giants and Wittenberg are the only NCAC teams ranked in the preseaon top-25 poll. Two other Indiana schools — Trine (22nd) and Franklin (24th) — also made the top-25. DePauw received 5 points among a list of 24 schools that garnered votes but did not receive enough to make the top-25 rankings.
Wabash returns 17 starters from a team that finished 8-2 last season with losses to Wittenberg and Washington-St. Louis. The game between Wabash and Wittenberg marked the only time the Little Giants were ranked in the top-25 and played another nationally-ranked team. The Tigers, ranked ninth at the time, defeated Wabash (25th) 34-17. One week later, the Little Giants knocked off 21st-ranked DePauw 47-0 in the annual Monon Bell Classic.
The Little Giants open their 2011 season on September 10 at the College of Wooster.
D3football.com 2011 Preseason Football Poll