St. Louis, Mo., August 9, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team was picked sixth in the 2018 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Annual Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced Thursday by the conference office.
WashU was selected sixth out of 10 teams with 41 points. The Bears posted a 3-6 overall record a year ago.
No. 7–ranked nationally North Central was first with 78 points and six first-place votes following a CCIW co-regular season title in 2017. The Cardinals earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship and advanced to the second round.
No. 18 Wheaton was second with 74 points and three first-place votes, while No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan was third with 63 points and one first-place vote. Carthage was fourth, followed by Millikin and WashU.
Elmhurst, Augustana, North Park and Carroll rounded out the poll.
Voting is done by the CCIW's head football coaches. Each coach votes for the nine other schools in the conference in order of predicted finish. Points are assigned in reverse order of voting (nine points for first, eight for second, etc.). Coaches do not vote for their own teams.
WashU opens the 2018 season at home on Sept. 1, against the University of Chicago, followed by CCIW opener at No. 7 North Central on Sept. 15.