2017 PAC Media Day: #22 CWRU Football Picked to Finish Third in Conference

2017 PAC Media Day: #22 CWRU Football Picked to Finish Third in Conference

The 22nd-ranked Case Western Reserve University football team was picked to finish third in the Presidents' Athletic Conference in a poll of the league's coaches and sports information directors, and local media, conducted at the PAC Media Day on Wednesday afternoon at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

It marks the second-straight season the Spartans have been ranked third in the PAC Preseason Poll, matching the highest preseason ranking in the program's four years as an affiliate member of the conference.  Case Western Reserve received three first-place votes and 302 total points.

Coming in ahead of the Spartans in the poll were #19 Thomas More College, with 23 first-place votes and 345 total points, followed by Washington & Jefferson College, with six first place votes and 308 points.  Westminster College was picked to finish fourth, followed by Carnegie Mellon, Saint Vincent, Bethany, Thiel, Geneva, Waynesburg and Grove City, in that order.

Representing the Spartans at Media Day were head coach Greg Debeljak and senior quarterback Rob Cuda.  Full video of their comments can be viewed below.

Case Western Reserve finished the 2016 season with a 9-1 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in the PAC, good for a second-place finish in the conference standings.  The Spartans will open their 2017 season on Saturday, September 2 at 1:00 PM ET.


2017 PAC Football Preseason Poll (Predicted order of finish)


School (first-place votes)


2016 Record (PAC)

1. Thomas More College (23)


9-2 (8-0)

2. Washington & Jefferson College (6)


9-2 (6-2)

3. Case Western Reserve University (3)


9-1 (7-1)

4. Westminster College (1)


8-3 (5-3)

5. Carnegie Mellon University


7-4 (6-2)

6. Saint Vincent College


5-5 (3-5)

7. Bethany College


3-7 (2-6)

8. Thiel College


4-6 (3-5)

9. Geneva College


3-7 (2-6)

10. Waynesburg University


2-8 (2-6)

11. Grove City College


0-10 (0-8)