GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) CMU and CSU-Pueblo were Co-RMAC champions last season. The conference coaches think it could be a similar result this season.
The ThunderWolves and Mavs are first and second in the preseason coaches poll, respectively.
CSU-Pueblo received eight first-place votes for 98 points while CMU received just one ending with 88 points. The Colorado School of Mines received the final two first-place votes for a total of 84 points.
Last season CSU-Pueblo defeated CMU, 30-24, in Pueblo and made it to the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. CMU didn't qualify for the postseason.
The Mavs will be looking for their fourth straight conference championship this season.
Mavs quarterback Eystin Salum was named the RMAC Offensive Player of the Year while lineback Tom Saager joins Salum on the preseason all-conference team as well.
The full preseason coaches poll is below.
1. CSU-Pueblo (8) – 98
2. Colorado Mesa (1) – 88
3. Colorado School of Mines (2) – 84
4. Dixie State – 68
5. Chadron State – 63
6. South Dakota Mines – 49
7. Black Hills State – 47
8. Fort Lewis – 46
9. Adams State – 30
10. Western – 20
11. New Mexico Highlands – 12