BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Big things are expected ahead of Coach Eric Dooley’s first season as football coach on the Bluff.

The Southern University Football team was picked to finish first in the SWAC Western Division.

The predicted order of finish was voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

The Jags received 11 out of 12 first-place votes.

Southern will kick off their season at home against Florida Memorial University at 6 PM inside A. W. Mumford Stadium.

SWAC East
Jackson State- 116 points (12)
Florida A&M- 108 points (7)
Alabama A&M- 87 points (2)
Alabama State- 60 points (1)
Bethune-Cookman- 56 points
Mississippi Valley State- 35 points

SWAC West
Southern- 111 points (11)
Alcorn State- 110 points (5)
Prairie View A&M- 82 points (5)
Grambling State- 77 points (1)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff- 42 points
Texas Southern- 40 points

Five members of the Southern University football team were named to the Preseason All SWAC Team, including Dallas Black.