The Carroll College Fighting Saints and the Montana State University – Northern Lights participated in the 2016 Frontier Conference Media Day at the Great Falls Holiday Inn on August 2.
Carroll College missed the playoffs last year for the second time in five years. The team loses three offensive linemen to graduation, two that were four-year starters. Despite a record of 4-6 last year and an uncertain offensive line, the conference coaches picked the Saints to finish third. However, head coach Mike Van Diest didn’t agree with the high projection.
“I think that’s based on reputation and maybe passed experiences,” Van Diest said. “When you only return eight starters, it’s hard to envision how good we can be or really what the future holds.”
MSU Northern was winless under first year head coach Aaron Christensen. The coach’s preseason ranking reflected last season’s unsuccessful season: They were picked to finished last in the league. Despite failing to register a win, Coach Christensen said he was proud that his team never quit in any game last year.
“"Our guys they stayed up, they stayed positive,” Christensen said. “They understand it was a process. They understood where we were at and as a football team we needed to get better.”
Carroll opens the season September 3 at home against Montana Tech.
MSU Northern opens the season at home August 27 against Rocky Mountain.