Huntingdon College, under the direction of 15th-year Head Coach Mike Turk, was atop the 2018 USA South Athletic Conference Preseason Football Coaches Poll. The Hawks are the three-time defending USA South champions after producing a perfect 7-0 League record to go along with a 9-2 overall mark in 2017. Huntingdon earned the League's bid to the NCAA Tournament but fell in the first round of the playoffs to Berry, 34-20.
The Hawks will look to become the second team in USA South history to win four consecutive football titles (Christopher Newport, 2001-2004). Huntingdon currently finds itself receiving votes in the recently released D3football.com Preseason Top-25 poll. Maryville College, placed second in the poll and earned the one first-place vote to Huntingdon's seven.
The USA South welcomed Brevard College last season. The Tornados are currently reclassifying from NCAA Division II status but this year are included in the preseason poll and eligible for regular season championship honors. Brevard still will not be eligible to represent the Conference in the NCAA Tournament until full DIII membership is established.
The 2018 USA South football schedule kicks off on Thursday, August 30 as LaGrange travels to Birmingham Southern in non-Conference play. The remaining USA South teams begin their seasons with non-League action on Saturday, September 1.
|2018 USA South Coaches Preseason Football Poll|
|Rank||Institution (1st Place Votes)||Pts.|
|*Ineligible for NCAA Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying Member)