Football picked to finish third by media, fourth by coaches at 2017 OAC Football Media Day

Football picked to finish third by media, fourth by coaches at 2017 OAC Football Media Day

By Caleb Scott

CANTON — The Ohio Northern football team was selected to finish third in the media poll and fourth in the coaches poll in the Ohio Athletic Conference at the 2017 OAC Football Media Day held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

ONU received 54 points in the coaches poll to finish fourth and 265 points in the media poll to finish third.

Mount Union was tabbed as the preseason favorite by both the media and coaches, collecting 26 first place media votes and seven first place votes from the coaches.

John Carroll was picked to finish second in both the media poll and the coaches poll with 74 points in the coaches poll and 327 points in the media poll.

"We are pretty excited about where we are this year," said head coach Dean Paul. "We have a good amount of talent coming back this season and some young guys that have some potential. Last year we had a couple of close calls that we felt we could have won and I think we have a good chance at finishing those games this season and competing on a national scale."

The Polar Bears finished 5-5 overall in 2016 and tied for fourth in the OAC with a 5-4 record.

Coaches Poll

Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Mount Union (8) 80
2. John Carroll (2) 74
3.
Heidelberg 60
4. Ohio Northern 54
5. Otterbein 52
6. Baldwin Wallace 38
7. Marietta 32
8. Capital 31
9. Muskingum 18
10. Wilmington 11

Media Poll

Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Mount Union (26) 345
2. John Carroll (9) 327
3.
Ohio Northern 265
4. Heidelberg (1) 244
5. Otterbein 212
6. Baldwin Wallace 180
7. Capital 143
8. Muskingum 123
9. Marietta 101
10. Wilmington 40