BRIDGEPORT — Notre Dame College has been picked to win the Mountain East Conference title in football following a vote of the league's coaches. The Falcons have won each of the last three titles.
After a shortened season in the spring, the MEC returns to a full schedule this fall that includes a 10-team conference slate with teams in a single set of standings. MEC squads will face non-conference opponents or be idle in week one and then play the remainder of their schedule against conference opponents. (View the composite schedule here.)
Notre Dame finished atop the poll with 119 points and had 10 first-place votes. Head coach Mickey Mental's squad has won 23 of their last 24 games against conference opponents, including all four games in the spring on its way to the MEC North Division title and a win in the conference championship game.
Charleston, winners of the MEC South Division from the spring, finished second in the poll with 112 points and had two first-place votes. In addition to UC's runner-up finish last spring, the Golden Eagles also finished in a tie for second back in 2019.
The Bobcats are picked to finish third in the poll collecting 101 points. After being picked to finish ninth in its first full season in the MEC in 2019, Frostburg State finished in a tie for second in the league with an 8-3 record. Frostburg State went 2-1 in the spring season.
UNC Pembroke was fourth in the poll with 91 points. The Braves went 2-1 in the spring season and are entering their first full season of competition in the Mountain East Conference.
West Virginia State was slotted fifth in the poll with 79 points, followed by Fairmont State (62), Wheeling (55) and Glenville State (54). West Liberty checked in at ninth (44 points), with Concord (43), Alderson Broaddus (19) and W.Va. Wesleyan (13) rounding out the poll.
The 2021 season is slated to start on Thursday, Sept. 2.
2021 MEC Preseason
1. Notre Dame (10) -- 119
2. Charleston (2) -- 112
3. Frostburg State -- 101
4. UNC Pembroke -- 91
5. W.Va. State -- 79
6. Fairmont State -- 62
7. Wheeling -- 55
8. Glenville State -- 54
9. West Liberty -- 44
10. Concord -- 43
11. Alderson Broaddus -- 19
12. W.Va. Wesleyan -- 13
() Indicates first-place votes
* Coaches not permitted to vote for own team