College Sports Journal
NORFOLK, Va. – Last season, the Norfolk State football team had the element of surprise on its side. Picked to finish fifth in the preseason Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference poll, the Spartans proceeded to win their first-ever MEAC title.
The Spartans won’t have the luxury of surprise this season. NSU topped the preseason MEAC poll with 11 first-place votes and 454 total points, and six Spartans were named to the preseason All-MEAC team as announced Friday at the conference’s media day in downtown Norfolk.
NSU was one of six teams to receive first-place votes in the poll. South Carolina State received four first-place votes and 432 points to finish second behind NSU. Bethune-Cookman (three, 417) was third in the poll, followed by Florida A&M (two, 354) and Hampton (one, 268) to round out the top five.
Rounding out the rest of the preseason poll were North Carolina A&T, Morgan State, Howard, North Carolina Central, Delaware State and Savannah State, which received the only other first-place vote.
MEAC Preseason Poll
(First place votes in parentheses followed by total points)
1. Norfolk State (11) 454
2. South Carolina State (4) 432
3. Bethune-Cookman (3) 417
4. Florida A&M (2) 354
5. Hampton (1) 268
6. North Carolina A&T 216
7. Morgan State 198
8. Howard 188
9. North Carolina Central 116
10. Delaware State 78
11. Savannah State (1) 73