LAKE CHARLES, La. — The University of Central Arkansas Bears are picked third in both the preseason Southland Conference football polls by the league's coaches and sports information directors.

The polls were released Tuesday as part of the SLC's Media Day here.

Sam Houston State, the defending league champion that was national runner-up last season, is the favorite in both polls. Stephen F. Austin is picked second in both polls, narrowly ahead of UCA.

Further information on Media Day will be in Wednesday's print edition of the Log Cabin.