Cougars No. 1 in Street & Smith’s Pre-season Top 10

June 6, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis will open its 20th season as the No. 1 team in the 2017 Street & Smith’s College Football Yearbook NAIA Preview Top 10. The S&SCFY magazine is now out on newsstands.

USF was the 2016 NAIA National Football Champion after shocking second-ranked Baker (KS) University 38-17 handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season after winning 14 consecutive games without a loss in 2016. This is USF’s first No. 1 mention since 2007 when the Cougars were ranked No. 1 after appearing in their third consecutive NAIA Championship Game in 2006.

USF opens practice for its 20th season on Aug. 14 in preparation for their season-opening game at the University of Jamestown (N.D.) on Sat., Sept. 1. The Cougars and their head coach Kevin Donley, the winningest active coach in college football with a 302-129-1 record in 38 seasons, open the home portion of the 2017 season on Sat., Sept. 9 at noon against University of St. Francis (Ill.) in an MSFA crossover game.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.