The Chapman football team was voted to finish first in the 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Preseason Poll as voted on by member head coaches.
Chapman received five of eight first place votes and logged 60 total points in the poll after winning the SCIAC Championship in 2017. The Panthers registered a 6-3 overall record, 6-0 in SCIAC contests and won the league title outright. After losing its first two games of the season, Chapman rallied for six straight victories before falling to Mary Hardin-Baylor in the NCAA Division III Championship First Round.
Redlands garnered thre first place votes in the 2018 SCIAC Preseason Poll and 54 points overall after turning in a 7-2 overall record (5-1 SCIAC) in 2017. The Bulldogs' lone conference loss came to Chapman on October 14, 2017, before Redlands closed out the campaign with four consecutive wins. California Lutheran picked up 49 points in this year's preseason vote and is slated to finish third after finishing in that spot a season ago. The Kingsmen won five of its first six games in 2017 and finished 5-3 overall, 3-3 in league action.
After finishing the 2017 slate 4-5 overall (2-4 SCIAC), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) received 39 points entering the 2018 season and was slotted to finish fourth in the standings. La Verne (3-5, 2-4 SCIAC) added 32 points and was voted to finish fifth in 2018, while Pomona-Pitzer is predicted to finish sixth in the conference after notching 30 points in the preseason vote following a 4-4 overall campaign with a 3-3 mark in SCIAC play in 2017. Rounding out the poll is Whittier (16 points) and Occidental (8 points).
The 2018 season begins Saturday, September 1 with four teams in non-conference action. Redlands enters the season receiving votes in the D3football.com Top 25 Preseason Poll.
2018 SCIAC Preseason Poll
1. Chapman (5) - 60 points
2. Redlands (3) - 54 points
3. Cal Lutheran - 49 points
4. CMS - 39 points
5. La Verne - 32 points
6. Pomona-Pitzer - 30 points
7. Whittier - 16 points
8. Occidental - 8 points