2016 Cal Poly Mustangs football team

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2016 Cal Poly Mustangs football
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Conference Big Sky Conference
Ranking
STATS No. 24
FCS Coaches No. 21–T
2016 record 7–5 (5–3 Big Sky)
Head coach Tim Walsh (8th season)
Offensive coordinator Saga Tuitele
Defensive coordinator Josh Brown
Home stadium Alex G. Spanos Stadium
(Capacity: 11,075)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Eastern Washington +^   8 0         12 2  
#12 North Dakota +^   8 0         9 3  
#25 Weber State ^   6 2         7 5  
#24 Cal Poly ^   5 3         7 5  
Southern Utah   5 3         6 5  
Northern Colorado   4 4         6 5  
Northern Arizona   4 4         5 6  
Montana   3 5         6 5  
Montana State   2 6         4 7  
Portland State   2 6         3 8  
UC Davis   2 6         3 8  
Sacramento State   2 6         2 9  
Idaho State   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2016 Cal Poly Mustangs football team represented California Polytechnic State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Mustangs were led by eighth-year head coach Tim Walsh and played their home games at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. They were members of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 7–5, 5–3 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they lost to San Diego in the first round.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 6:30 PM at Nevada* Mackay StadiumReno, NV CI L 27–30 OT  19,138
September 10 6:05 PM San Diego* Alex G. Spanos StadiumSan Luis Obispo, CA GoPoly W 38–16   6,251
September 17 4:00 PM at No. 9 South Dakota State* Dana J. Dykhouse StadiumBrookings, SD ESPN3 W 38–31   16,887
September 24 12:00 PM No. 6 Montana Alex G. Spanos Stadium • San Luis Obispo, CA RTNW W 42–41   8,156
October 1 11:00 AM at North Dakota No. 16 Alerus CenterGrand Forks, ND Midco SN L 24–31   10,097
October 15 2:30 PM at Portland State No. 19 Providence ParkPortland, OR GoPoly W 55–35   4,019
October 22 6:05 PM UC Davisdagger No. 17–T Alex G. Spanos Stadium • San Luis Obispo, CA (Battle for the Golden Horseshoe) GoPoly W 21–16   11,075
October 29 6:00 PM at Sacramento State No. 14 Hornet StadiumSacramento, CA GoPoly W 59–47   5,334
November 5 6:05 PM No. 3 Eastern Washington No. 14 Alex G. Spanos Stadium • San Luis Obispo, CA GoPoly L 21–42   9,722
November 12 11:00 AM at Weber State No. 16 Stewart StadiumOgden, UT KJZZ L 15–22   7,821
November 19 6:05 PM Northern Colorado No. 21 Alex G. Spanos Stadium • San Luis Obispo, CA GoPoly W 55–48   6,863
November 26 4:00 PM No. 24 San Diego* No. 21 Alex G. Spanos Stadium • San Luis Obispo, CA (FCS Playoffs First Round) ESPN3 L 21–35   3,356
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game summaries[edit]

at Nevada[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
Mustangs 7 3 0 143 27
Wolf Pack 21 3 0 06 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–6 1998 NEV, 63–0

San Diego[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Toreros 0 13 0 3 16
Mustangs 10 7 14 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2014 POLY, 34–3

at South Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 7 10 0 21 38
#9 Jackrabbits 7 3 7 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2014 SDSU, 44–18

Montana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Grizzlies 7 17 7 10 41
Mustangs 7 21 7 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–15 2015 POLY, 20–19

at North Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Mustangs 0 7 7 10 24
Fighting Hawks 10 0 14 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–5 2015 UND, 45–21

at Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Mustangs 13 14 14 14 55
Vikings 7 7 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–11 2015 PSU, 38–35

UC Davis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 6 3 0 7 16
#17–T Mustangs 0 7 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–20–2 2015 POLY, 55–38

at Sacramento State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Mustangs 14 3 21 21 59
Hornets 7 14 0 26 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–16 2015 POLY, 36–14

Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Eagles 14 7 14 7 42
#14 Mustangs 7 7 7 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–6 2015 EWU, 42–41 OT

at Weber State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Mustangs 0 7 8 0 15
Wildcats 12 3 0 7 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2014 POLY, 30–24

Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 17 7 17 48
#21 Mustangs 21 13 7 14 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2013 POLY, 42–14

FCS Playoffs[edit]

First Round–San Diego[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Toreros 14 0 7 14 35
#21 Mustangs 0 7 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 9/10/16 POLY, 38–16

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS NR RV RV RV 16 21 19 17–T 14 14 16 21 21 24 
Coaches NR RV RV RV 18 22 20 18–T 17 16 20 23 20 21–T

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