It helps the team has several veteran leaders, including senior quarterback Jake Kennedy, running back DeShawn Sarley and linebacker Terrance Crowe.
The Tigers’ senior class has made back-to-back playoff appearances, advancing to the second round in 2016.
“There’s very little that’s more important than experience in big games,” Fincham said. “We do have some guys who have not only played in big games but won some. Being able to go into big games and knowing you can compete at a high level is important.
Last season, the Tigers completed their 20th undefeated regular season, including its sixth under Fincham.
At this point in the season, the Tigers are likely most teams — mentally and physically tired, Fincham said.
“We’ve got some nicks and bruises on us, but hopefully it’s nothing that’s too awfully bad,” he said.
The Tigers held their annual Red and White scrimmage Saturday at Edwards-Maurer Field. The scrimmage signaled the end of preseason camp as the players started classes Monday morning.
“We have some guys who’ll take limited reps, but it’s the end of camp and it’s an opportunity for guys to get out and make some plays with officials on the field and the lights on,” Fincham said.
Wittenberg will open its season at home against Westminster College (Pa.) at 1 p.m. on Sept. 1.
2018 NCAC FOOTBALL
PRESEASON COACHES POLL
(1st Votes) - Total Pts
1. Wittenberg (7) 96
2. Wabash (1) 85
3. DePauw (1) 81
4. Denison (1) 75
5. Ohio Wesleyan 57
6. Wooster 46
7. Allegheny 42
8. Oberlin 26
9. Hiram 23
10. Kenyon 19