FSU Football Picked 11th In 2010 GLIAC Poll

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Bay City, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team was selected to finish 11th in the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released Wednesday (Aug. 18) in conjunction with the launch of the GLIAC Football Media Day website.

The Bulldogs received 48 points in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's 14 head coaches. The coaches weren't allowed to vote for their own team. The first-place team on each ballot earned 13 points while the second-place team received 12 points, etc. A season ago, Ferris State was chosen to place seventh with 66 total points in the conference's preseason gridiron poll.

"It's a new season, a new start and a new campaign for our program," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce, who will begin his 16th year at Ferris State this fall and is the program's all-time winningest coach with an 91-74 (.5552) career coaching mark. "We got knocked down last year and our guys have a chip on their shoulder now.

"We're looking forward to another season and the opportunity to make it happen," he added.

Defending conference champion Grand Valley State was selected as the preseason favorite to capture the conference title as the Lakers earned 169 points and picked up 13 of the 14 first-place votes. Hillsdale and Saginaw Valley State, both of whom reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2009, were tied for second place in the poll with 148 total points.

The Bulldogs were listed above Tiffin and the two new schools joining the conference this season in Ohio Dominican and Lake Erie.  FSU will face all three of those schools in the opening four week stretch of conference competition.

Ferris State will kickoff its 102nd season of varsity action Friday, Sept. 3, against Hillsdale in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at HC's Muddy Waters Stadium in Hillsdale, Mich.

The Bulldogs then open GLIAC play the following week with their first home contest of the 2010 season versus Saginaw Valley State on Saturday, Sept. 11.  Kickoff for the "Honoring American Heroes" Day tilt is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EDT) with a variety of activities taking place throughout the day.

Tickets for all home games can be purchased at the game or for more information please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

The following is the complete 2010 GLIAC Football Coaches Preseason Poll with first-place votes in parenthesis along with total points and last season's record.

1 Grand Valley State (13) 169 13-2
2 Hillsdale (1) 148 10-3
2 Saginaw Valley St. 148 9-3
4 Ashland 113 6-5
5 Northwood 111 7-3
6 Findlay 102 7-4
7 Northern Michigan 101 6-4
8 Wayne St. 91 6-5
9 Michigan Tech 87 2-8
10 Indianapolis 78 4-7
11 Ferris St. 48 1-10
12 Tiffin 32 0-11
13 Ohio Dominican 27 7-3
14 Lake Erie 19 7-4
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