Nicholls is the favorite for the Southland Conference spring football season based on a preseason vote, the league announced Wednesday. The two-time defending co-champions received seven first-place votes and 67 total points to garner the top spot in the poll.
The Southland Conference preseason poll is voted on by each head coach and football sports information director. Each voter ranks their predicted order of regular season finish, not including their own team. First-place votes are worth six points, second-place votes are worth five and so on to one point for sixth place.
The Congove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com differs very little from the coaches' poll in its projections of the Southland race. The computer has SHSU favored to top the conference with Nicholls State close behind and SE Louisiana in 3rd.
2020 Southland Conference Football Preseason Poll
|Team (First-place votes)||Total|
|Sam Houston (6)||65|
Here's how they stack up in the Congrove Computer Rankings
|Team||Power||Record Over-all, Conference|
|Sam Houston State||59.94||6-0, 6-0|
|Nicholls State||61.25||6-1, 5-1|
|Southeastern Louisiana||57.53||4-2, 4-2|
|McNeese (1)||56.55||4-3, 3-3|
|Northwestern State||49.00||0-6, 0-6|