The 23rd-ranked Case Western Reserve University football team was picked to finish second 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 Thursday afternoon at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
The Spartans claimed a share of the PAC Championship in 2017, reaching the second round of the NCAA playoffs and finishing the campaign with an 11-1 overall record.
The 2018 Spartans received 265 points and eight of the 30 first-place votes in the preseason poll, finishing behind only Washington and Jefferson, which collected 19 first place votes and 289 total points. Following the Spartans in the poll were Westminster (two first place votes, 234 points), Carnegie Mellon (one first place vote, 220 points), Grove City (163 points), Geneva (141 points), Saint Vincent (101 points), Bethany (97 points), Waynesburg (87 points) and Thiel (53 points).
It marked the highest preseason ranking for CWRU in the PAC Preseason Poll since joining the conference as a football affiliate member in 2014. The Spartans had been ranked third each of the previous two years.
Representing the Spartans at media day were head coach Greg Debeljak and senior defensive end Cameron Brown. Full video of their comments can be viewed below:
CWRU will open its 2018 season at home against the University of Rochester on Saturday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m.