The fans may have it right after all.
While the coaches selected Sacred Heart as the NEC’s unanimous preseason favorite, Saint Francis Red Flash fans flooded the Overtime! Blog poll and chose Chris Villarrial’s squad as Preseason No. 1.
Here’s where it gets interesting…
Despite the Red Flash earning the fans’ vote of confidence, the coaches projected SFU to finish seventh in the seven-team league.
As it turns out, each of the last two NEC champions were also pegged for seventh-place finishes during the preseason.
Just 12 months ago, Sacred Heart was slotted dead last before erupting for a 10-win season and a FCS playoff berth.
In 2012 (when the league had 9 members), Wagner occupied seventh place in the preseason poll before eventually becoming the first NEC team to win a FCS playoff game.
Will it be “7th Heaven” for Saint Francis?