Yesterday, the Southland conference media days came to a close in Lake Charles.  After it was over, the McNeese Cowboys were picked to finish 2nd in the Southland Conference out of eleven teams in the conference.

This is great news for Cowboy fans leading up to this years football season.  The team picked to finish first this season is Southeastern Louisiana who beat McNeese last year 41-7 in Lake Charles.

McNeese returns 16 starters this year.  The McNeese players report for camp on August 7th and will open the season on September 6th at Nebraska.

Here are the preseason picks:

2014 Southland Conference Preseason Polls
Coaches' Poll

  1. Southeastern Louisiana (9)  99
  2. McNeese (2)  92
  3. Sam Houston State 79
  4. Central Arkansas  70
  5. Northwestern State  59

T6.  Stephen F. Austin  52
T6.  Lamar  52
8.   Abilene Christian  36
9.   Nicholls  35
10.  Incarnate Word  21
11.  Houston Baptist  10

Sports Information Directors Poll

  1. Southeastern Louisiana (10)  100
  2. McNeese (1)  89
  3. Sam Houston State  78
  4. Central Arkansas  72
  5. Northwestern State  61
  6. Stephen F. Austin  55
  7. Lamar  45
  8. Abilene Christian  39
  9. Nicholls  36
  10. Incarnate Word  20
  11. Houston Baptist  10

Source:mcneesesports.com