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PFL Releases 2012 Preseason Poll
The Crusaders have been picked tenth for the 2012 campaign. (William Liu)
The Crusaders have been picked tenth for the 2012 campaign. (William Liu)

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Valparaiso University football team has been projected to finish in 10th place in the Pioneer Football League in 2012, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.

San Diego and Drake, PFL co-champions in 2011, were picked first and second, respectively, in this year’s preseason poll.  San Diego picked up eight of a possible nine first-place votes, while Drake received one first-place nod. 

Jacksonville was chosen third, with Dayton registering the final first-place vote in fourth position and Campbell rounding out the top half of the poll.  Marist was picked sixth, with Butler, Morehead State and Davidson coming in just ahead of the Crusaders.

Each of the coaches ranked the teams one through nine, omitting their own squad from the voting.  Teams received nine points for a first-place vote down to one point for a ninth-place vote.

Third-year head coach Dale Carlson’s squad returns 54 letterwinners from last year’s team in 2012, including six starters on each side of the ball.  Valparaiso’s 2012 season gets underway under the lights at Brown Field at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 when the Crusaders host Saint Joseph’s (Ind.).

 

Team

Points (1st place votes)

1.

San Diego

79 (8)

2.

Drake

71 (1)

3.

Jacksonville

65

4.

Dayton

56 (1)

5.

Campbell

45

6.

Marist

42

7.

Butler

34

8.

Morehead State

27

9.

Davidson

20

10.

Valparaiso

11

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler