SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Whitworth Pirates have been voted to finish fourth in the 2013 Northwest Conference Coaches Poll.

Head coach John Tully likes what he sees in this year's squad, as they return 16 starters from the 2012 squad.

The Pirates play their first game on September 7th at home in the Pine Bowl against the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) Saints, with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 pm.