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NJAC releases preseason poll: Lions start sixth

August 22, 2009

2009 NJAC Football
Preseason Coaches Poll

1.
Rowan (5)
2. SUNY Cortland (4)
3. Montclair State (1)
4. Kean (dark horse)
5. The College at Brockport
6. The College of New Jersey
7. William Paterson
8. Western Connecticut
9. Buffalo State
10. Morrisville State

First Place Votes In Parentheses

full story http://www.njac.net/news/2009/8/5/FBpoll09.aspx

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3 Comments
  1. August 23, 2009 2:27 pm

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for this. How does the #6 ranking compare to previous years?

    • August 23, 2009 6:01 pm

      Believe it or not, it’s difficult to find a lot of that information online. Even though the conference is among the more competitive in D3 football, the NJAC website doesn’t offer a lot of archived stats, polls, stuff like that.

      I hate to drop the “I’ll get back to you” line, but I’ll be able to better answer that question Wednesday, when the conference commissioner’s back at his office. I spoke to Mr. Small on the phone today, who said that he did have those kinds of records saved. He’s been the league commissioner since 2002, so I’ll assume that he’s got information dating back at least that far.

      Sorry, but that’s all I’ve got. I’ll keep you posted.

      • August 26, 2009 9:27 pm

        Fresh info:

        I just received an e-mail from NJAC commish Terry Small, who attached a list of archived preseason polls.

        While the preseason polls accurately predict the outcomes for many other teams in the conference, the Lions seem to enjoy keeping the voters guessing.

        Last year, the team was ranked 5th in the conference’s preseason poll, only to finish 6th. Not too far from expectation.

        Taking a look a few years back, though, paints a different picture. It seems like — more often than not — the worse the team is ranked in the preseason, the better it performs when it really matters.

        Before the 2007 regular season — the year the team won a share of the NJAC title — the Lions’ stared a 7th-place ranking dead in the face…and laughed.

        There’s only been twice — in 2003 and 2006 — that the conference “experts” got it right for Trenton college football. The polls ranked the team 3rd in ’03, and it finished 2nd…out of only six teams (the league expanded in 2004 with the addition of Western Connecticut, again in 2006 with Buffalo State, until finally — in 2008 — it added The College at Brockport).

        Hope that helps.

        -Matty

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