WACO, Texas (August 15, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team garnered the No. 5 spot in the American Football Coaches Association Preseason Poll Monday, in a release from the organization. The ThunderWolves finished 12-2 last season and were ranked in the same five spot in the final 2015 coach's poll.
The ThunderWolves have been ranked in the top eight of the AFCA Preseason Poll in each of the last five seasons.The Pack were No. 2 in the 2015 edition and earned a No. 4 mark in 2014, a No. 8 ranking in 2013 and were No. 6 in 2012. CSU-Pueblo was receiving votes in 2011.
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-foe and the Pack's season opener opponent, Colorado School of Mines, earned the No. 18 ranking. Oct. 1 opponent Colorado Mesa University was in the receiving votes category, as was West Texas A&M University, who CSU-Pueblo will host in the home opener Sept. 10.
The ThunderWolves are coming off their fifth consecutive RMAC Championship and five straight NCAA appearances. The Pack advanced to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinal for the third time in the last four years.
CSU-Pueblo began training camp Thursday and will suit up in full pads for the first time Monday. The team will conduct a scrimmage Saturday, August 20 at 9:45 a.m., following the annual ThunderPups clinic with area youth from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
The Pack's showdown with Colorado Mines is set for Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in Golden, Colo. The game will be aired live on ESPN3/WatchESPN app.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.