ASHLAND, Ore--- It has been since 2019 that the Raiders have kicked off inside Raider Stadium for a real game. Now, we are only a month away from when SOU makes its return to the gridiron when it hits the road for a game at Rocky Mountain.
With season quickly approaching, the 2021 Frontier Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll is out. The Raiders are predicted to finish 5th in the conference.
Eastern Oregon was picked to stand a top the conference when the season comes to an end. EOU picked up 39 points and three 1st place votes in the poll.
The College of Idaho was a close 2nd with 36 points and two 1st place votes.
Both Eastern Oregon and the College of Idaho finished 3-1 during the spring football season.
Though, Montana Western (which also received 36 points and one 1st place vote), Southern Oregon, and Montana Tech did not participate in that spring season.
Even without competing in the spring, Montana Tech was the only other school to receive a 1st place vote with two.
Southern Oregon opens the season on August 28. The Raiders will take on Rocky Mountain in Billings, Montana. The time for the game is still to be announced.
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The full coaches' poll is listed below:
1. Eastern Oregon- 39 (3)
2. College of Idaho- 36 (2)
3. Montana Western- 36 (1)
4. Carroll- 33
5. Southern Oregon- 30
6. Montana Tech- 26 (2)
7. Rocky Mountain- 15
8. MSU-Northern- 8