Northwest Conference football head coaches have picked Pacific Lutheran to place second to three-time defending champion Linfield, according to the annual preseason poll.
The Lutes were 6-3 overall last season, including a 4-2 mark in the conference that netted a second-place tie with Lewis & Clark. This year's team picked up a total of 29 points in the poll. Linfield received six of the seven first-place votes and 42 total points, while third-place Whitworth got the other first-place vote and 26 points.
PLU opens its 2012 season on Sept. 8 when it hosts Cal Lutheran in a non-conference game at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
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