Preseason rankings not warranted

The University of Redlands football team is ranked No. 22 in Sporting News’ Division III preseason football poll. It’s a nice pat on the back for coach Mike Maynard’s team which traditionally challenges for the SCIAC title.

And yes the Bulldogs should be pretty good, especially if quarterback Dan Selway comes back nicely from the broken foot that kept him out of seven games last year.

But a preseason football ranking in June! Is that really necessary? I don’t think so.
In late August . . . maybe.

Who knows which players are going to show up. Sure there doesn’t seem to be a lot of transferring of players from one Division III school to another. But it’s a little early to be able to tell what kind of recruiting class anybody has. And who knows what injuries are going to occur before the first game.

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