July 16, 2008

Three separate polls rank Case Western Reserve football team in Top 20

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The 2008 college football season is still a couple of months away, but the Case Western Reserve University football program is already making headlines.

After being ranked 10th by the Lindy's College Football Preseason magazine in early June, the 2008 Spartans were recently ranked 12th in The Sporting News College Football magazine (formerly Street & Smith's) and 16th in the USA TODAY Sports Weekly College Football Season Preview magazine.

"It's certainly a show of respect for how far our program has come," Head Coach Greg Debeljak said. "Most preseason polls are based on previous year's success and we are going to have to go out and earn the ranking this year with a new team."

In 2007, the Case Western Reserve had its most successful season in school history, as the Spartans finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and earned the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.

In Case Western Reserve's first playoff game quarterback Dan Whalen hit wide receiver Jeff Mayer in the end-zone in the final seconds for the a thrilling 21-20 victory over Widener University at Case Field in Cleveland. The Spartan's perfect season came to an end against Wabash College in the second round at home with a 38-23 defeat.

The Case Western Reserve gridironers, who report to camp on August 12, kick-off the season September 6 at Kenyon College.

Lindy's Division III Preseason Top 25

  1. Mount Union
  2. Wisconsin-Whitewater
  3. Bethel (Minn.)
  4. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  5. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)
  6. Wesley (Del.)
  7. Wabash (Ind.)
  8. Capital
  9. St. John's (Minn.)
  10. Case Western Reserve

The Sporting News Division III Preseason Top 25

  1. Mount Union
  2. Washington & Jefferson
  3. Wesley (Del.)
  4. Wisconsin-Whitewater
  5. St. John's (Minn.)
  6. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  7. Muhlenberg
  8. Wabash
  9. Bethel (Minn.)
  10. Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  11. Wittenberg
  12. 12. Case Western Reserve

USA TODAY's Division III Preseason Top 25

  1. Mount Union
  2. Wesley (Del.)
  3. Wisconsin-Whitewater
  4. Wabash
  5. St. John's (Minn.)
  6. St. John Fisher
  7. Capital
  8. North Central
  9. Muhlenberg
  10. Bethel (Minn.)
  11. Salisbury
  12. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  13. Cortland State
  14. Central
  15. Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  16. Case Western Reserve

For more information contact Creg Jantz, 216.368.6517.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, July 16, 2008 11:15 AM | News Topics: Campus Life, HeadlinesMain, Staff, Students, news

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