LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Union is projected to finish fifth in the Mid-South Conference West, according to the coaches' poll announced Tuesday.
Union posted a 7-4 overall record and went 4-2 in the MSC West last season, tying the Bulldogs for second in the division. Union received only 16 voting points in the poll.
Georgetown (Ky.) and Cumberlands (Ky.) are the preseason favorites in the Mid-South Conference football race this season.
Cumberlands is the West Division favorite in 2011 after winning the division last season with a 5-1 record. The Patriots completed 2010 with a 7-4 overall record and joined Georgetown in earning a berth into the NAIA Football Championship Series. Last season's divisional title was the fourth straight for the Patriots who captured the East Division crown in 2007, 2008 and 2009 before moving to the West last season.
Cumberland (Tenn.) is projected to finish second in the division after receiving 33 voting points, including the final three first place votes. Shorter (Ga.) is predicted third with 25 voting points and Bethel (Tenn.) is fourth with 18 voting points.
Union, Faulkner (Ala.) (11) and Belhaven (Miss.) (10) completes the West preseason poll.
Georgetown is tabbed as the favorite in the East Division with 24 voting points, including four first place votes from the six East Division coaches. Cumberlands is the team to beat in the West Division after picking up 34 voting points, including four first place votes from the seven West Division coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.
Georgetown enters the 2011 season as the MSC East Division favorite after capturing the 2010 divisional title with a 6-0 record. The Tigers finished last season with an 8-3 mark and earned a berth into the NAIA Football Championship Series. Georgetown owns three East Division crowns and 16 overall regular season titles in its history.
Campbellsville (Ky.) is projected to finish second in the East after garnering 22 voting points, including the final two first place votes. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is predicted to finish third in the division after receiving 15 voting points while Pikeville (Ky.) and UVa-Wise are projected fourth with 12 voting points each.
Kentucky Christian, which received five voting points, rounds out the East Division.
West Virginia Tech is not listed in the preseason poll due to not being ineligible for the MSC regular season championship during the 2011-12 academic year.
Union will open the season Thursday, Sept. 1, at Campbellsville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Release from the Mid-South Conference website.