Mount Union Tops OAC Preseason Polls at Football Media Day

Mount Union head football coach Larry Kehres

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio--Mount Union's football team tops both Ohio Athletic Conference media and coaches preseason polls announced today (Aug. 8) at OAC Football Media Day at the Doubletree Hotel in suburban Cleveland.

The Purple Raiders, the preseason No. 2 pick in the nation, went 14-1 last season, won the OAC championship for a 20th straight season and advanced to the Stagg Bowl, national championship game, for a seventh straight season. Mount Union has won the last 20-straight and 23 OAC football titles overall.

"We appreciate the respect that coaches and the media in the OAC have for our program," commented head coach Larry Kehres. "We also know that playing in this conference is a tremendous challenge week in and week out."

The football team reports back to campus on Saturday, Aug. 11 and starts practice on Sunday, Aug. 12.  Photo day/media day on campus will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 1:30 pm in Mount Union Stadium.

The season opener will be Saturday, September 1 at 1:30 pm against No. 13 in the nation Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. The game will begin Larry Kehres' 27th season as Mount Union head coach and he has a 317-24-3 overall record.

OAC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Mount Union (9) - 81
2t. Baldwin Wallace (1) - 66
2t. Heidelberg - 66
4. Ohio Northern - 54
5. Capital - 42
6. John Carroll - 41
7. Otterbein - 38
8. Muskingum - 28
9. Marietta - 24
10. Wilmington - 10

OAC Preseason Media Poll
1. Mount Union (30) - 309
2. Baldwin Wallace (1) - 250
3. Heidelberg - 236
4. Ohio Northern - 234
5. John Carroll - 172
6. Capital - 148
7. Otterbein - 143
8. Muskingum - 98
9. Marietta - 84
10. Wilmington - 31 

First Place votes in parenthesis

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