As Hillsdale enters its new era as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, the Chargers face high expectations to push for a league title.
Hillsdale was picked 2nd by the 8 league coaches, just 4 points behind favorite Ohio Dominican and 1 point ahead of 3rd place Findlay.
2017 Great Midwest Football Preseason Coaches Poll presented by Under Armour
|1. Ohio Dominican (4 first-place votes)
|2. Hillsdale (1 first-place vote)
|3. Findlay (2 first-place votes)
|4. Alderson Broaddus (1 first-place vote)
|6. Lake Erie
|7. Kentucky Wesleyan
ODU was 7-4 last season; the Chargers were 5-5 and Findlay was 6-4 as the 3 schools completed their final seasons as members of the GLIAC.
One significant other change that will impact Hillsdale and fellow GMAC members is the move to Region 1 for playoff consideration. Now instead of vying for post-season bids against programs primarily from the Midwest and Mid-South, Region 1 teams hail primarily to the east of Hillsdale in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and throughout New England.
The GMAC opens out-of-conference play on August 31. Hillsdale opens later that weekend on August 2 in Erie, Pa at Mercyhurst. Game time is noon.
Official GMAC Poll and Release