The Southland Conference preseason football polls as conducted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. First-place votes are in parentheses, followed by total points.

COACHES POLL

Sam Houston State (6) 48

Central Arkansas (1) 42

McNeese State 37

Stephen F. Austin (1) 32

Southeastern Louisiana 26

Northwestern State 17

Lamar 14

Nicholls State 8

SID POLL

Sam Houston (6) 48

Central Arkansas (2) 44

McNeese State 33

Southeastern Louisiana 30

Stephen F. Austin 27

Nicholls State 18

Northwestern State 18

Lamar 15