Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University football team has been picked to finish third in the Pioneer Football League standings in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches.The Bulldogs, set to begin their third season under head coach Rick Fox, return three all-PFL performers and 19 student-athletes that started in 2015.Drake earned 68 total points in the poll. San Diego was tabbed as the preseason favorite with 95 points and five first-place votes, edging out defending champions Dayton with 94 points and six first-place votes.The upcoming 2016 season marks the 24th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA FCS Championship.The Bulldogs have laid claim to two of the last five PFL titles and begin their 2016 campaign on Sept. 3 against Quincy. The home slate also features contests against McKendree, PFL rivals Morehead State, San Diego, Campbell and Butler.For tickets to catch the Bulldogs at Drake Stadium this season visit www.DrakeTix.com, or call (515) 271-DOGS.Pioneer Football League 2015 Preseason Coaches’ PollTeam, Points1. San Diego (5), 952. Dayton (6), 943. Drake, 684. Morehead State, 645. Campbell, 626. Marist, 567. Butler, 54 8. Jacksonville, 539. Stetson, 2710. Valparaiso, 2111. Davidson, 11• First-place votes in parentheses.• 10 points awarded for a first-place vote, with one point less for each succeeding place. (Maximum score = 100)• Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.