The Bears were not included in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network preseason football poll, released Monday.
Defending medium-schools champion Soldotna grabbed the top spot, followed by Juneau-Douglas, North Pole, Eielson and Nikiski.
Nikiski is the defending small-schools champion, while Juneau lost to Soldotna in the medium-schools championship game.
Kodiak opens the season at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joe Floyd Track and Field against unranked Chugiak of the Cook Inlet Conference.
The Mustangs qualified for the large-school playoffs last season but enters this campaign unranked in the large-school poll.
Defending champion West Anchorage was voted the top team in the large-school rankings, followed by South Anchorage, Dimond, Palmer and Service.
West opens the season against Palmer, while South plays Dimond.
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network poll is released every Monday and voted on by media members from around the state.
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1. Soldotna; 2. Juneau-Douglas; 3. North Pole; 4. Eielson; 5. Nikiski.
1. West Anchorage; 2. South Anchorage; 3. Dimond; 4. Palmer; 5. Service.