The media is giving the Samford Bulldogs some credit.
Coming off it's first trip to the FCS Playoffs, Samford was picked to finish third in the Southern Conference, the highest the program has been picked in the preseason since it joined the league in 2008.
Chattanooga was picked to win the Southern Conference, with 29 of 30 first place votes.
Furman received the other first place vote and is picked to finish second in the league.
Chattanooga, Furman, and Samford finished in a three way tie for the Southern Conference Title last season.
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE PRESEASON MEDIA POLL (FIRST PLACE VOTES)
1. Chattanooga (29) 235 points
2. Furman (1) 203
3. Samford 174
4. Wofford 155
5. Western Carolina 105
6. The Citadel 103
7. Mercer 67
8. VMI 38