PORTLAND, Oregon – Humboldt State is the favorite to win its second Great Northwest Athletic Conference football title in three seasons.
The Lumberjacks finished in a tie for second place with Western Oregon last year after winning their first GNAC football title in 2011.
HSU received three of six first-place votes and outpointed Central Washington, which won its seventh title last fall, 22-19 in the annual GNAC Coaches preseason poll.
The Wildcats finished two points ahead of Azusa Pacific, which closed its 2012 season with four consecutive wins, and Western Oregon for second place. Both the Wolves and Cougars earned 17 ballot points.
Simon Fraser ended up in fifth place in the balloting, three points ahead of Dixie State.