College of Idaho tops Frontier Conference preseason football polls


GREAT FALLS — College of Idaho is the team to beat in the Frontier Conference football season.

The Yotes topped the preseason polls, both the coaches and media, on Tuesday afternoon at the Frontier Conference football media day.

Southern Oregon and Montana Western were voted second and third, respectively, in both polls.

College of Idaho enters its sixth year in the Frontier Conference, after restoring its football program from a 37-year hiatus. The Yotes finished 6-5 overall, 6-4 in the Frontier Conference, despite opening the season with five consecutive losses. The program received five first-place votes in each poll.

Southern Oregon received three first-place votes by the media and two by the coaches, while Western collected three by the media and one from the coaches.

Traditional powerhouse Carroll College was voted second-to-last in both polls, due to a new coaching staff headed by Troy Purcell.

The Frontier Conference football preseason polls can be found below.

Frontier Conference football
2019 preseason coaches poll
(First-place votes are in parentheses)

1) College of Idaho, (5), 44 points
2) Southern Oregon, (2), 40 points
3) Montana Western, (1), 31.5 points
4) Montana Tech, 30 points
5) Rocky Mountain College, 29 points
6) Eastern Oregon, 28.5 points
7) Carroll College, 13 points
8) MSU-Northern, 8 points

2019 preseason media poll
(First-place votes are in parentheses)

1) College of Idaho, (5), 99 points
2) Southern Oregon, (3), 95 points
3) Montana Western, (3), 85 points
4) Eastern Oregon, (1), 72 points
5) Rocky Mountain College, (2), 71 points
6) Montana Tech, (1), 64 points
7) Carroll College, 39 points
8) MSU-Northern, 15 points

Richie Melby

Richie Melby

A Hi-line native, Richie Melby enjoys telling the stories of Montana athletes, coaches and teams. Richie got his start in TV at KTVQ in Billings and worked as the Sports Director at KRTV. After a couple of years in Tucson, Ariz., Richie returned to his home state as the Sports Director at KTVH.
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