Bulldogs Receive 66 Total Points In Balloting By The Conference Head Coaches

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The Ferris State University Bulldogs was selected to finish seventh place in the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released Tuesday (August 5) afternoon during the GLIAC's annual football media day luncheon at Zehnder's Restaurant in Frankenmuth, Mich.

The Bulldogs received 66 points in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's 12 head coaches. The coaches weren't allowed to vote for their own team. The first-place team on each ballot earned 11 points while the second-place team received 10 points, etc. A season ago, Ferris State was chosen to place fourth with 108 total points in the conference's preseason gridiron poll and the Bulldogs went on to register a 6-5 overall record while tying for fourth place in the final 2007 GLIAC standings at 6-4. Ferris' final league record was changed to 7-4 in order to reflect Saginaw Valley State's decision to forfeit four 2007 contests.

Jeff Pierce
Ferris State football head coach Jeff Pierce addresses the media during the 2008 GLIAC Football Media Day Luncheon. (Photo courtesy of Shawn Wright)

"I'm excited about the upcoming season and the committment which our guys have shown during the offseason," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce, who will begin his 14th year at Ferris State this fall and is the program's all-time winningest coach with an 85-58 (.594) career coaching mark. "This is a fun time getting ready for 2008 season and I'm more excited about seeing our testing program results as our guys make themselves into better conditioned, more productive football players."

Defending conference champion Grand Valley State was selected as the preseason favorites to capture the conference title as the Lakers earned 121 points and picked up 11 of the 12 first-place votes. Ashland was tabbed second with 105 points and one first-place vote while Saginaw Valley State recorded 83 points to place third, edging out Northwood's fourth-place 78 points total. Hillsdale and Michigan Tech both tied for fifth with 73 points and Ferris State garnered seventh place with 66 points. The Bulldogs tallied two more points than eighth-place Indianapolis.

"To be picked in the middle of the pack doesn't completely surprise me," said Pierce. "Our aspirations and intentions as a football team are to finish higher than where we are selected in this preseason poll."

Ferris State, which will celebrate its 100th year of varsity competition this 2008 campaign, begins its 11-game regular-season schdule Saturday, Aug. 30, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a non-conference contest at Tiffin, Ohio. Kickoff for the Bulldogs' 2008 season opener is set for 2:30 p.m. (EDT). FSU begins conference play the following Saturday, Sept. 6, versus the Ashland Eagles with a 1 p.m. (EDT) start time slated in Ashland, Ohio.

The third game of Ferris' 2008 slate represents the Bulldogs' home opener as the Findlay Oilers visit Saturday, Sept. 13, in a GLIAC matchup at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. (EDT) opening kickoff and the traditional Fireworks Night festivities will be held following the contest. Ferris State will play five home outings during the 2008 regular season.

Tickets for all home games can be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or online at www.starticketsplus.com.

The following is the complete 2008 GLIAC Football Coaches Preseason Poll with first-place votes in parenthesis.

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Grand Valley State (11) 121
2. Ashland (1) 105
3. Saginaw Valley State 83
4. Northwood 78
5. Hillsdale 73
Michigan Tech 73
7. Ferris State 66
8. Indianapolis 64
9. Wayne State 48
10. Northern Michigan 40
11. Findlay 25
12. Tiffin 16

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