Three MIAA teams debuted in the American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II poll, led by Northwest Missouri State at No. 4.
Defending MIAA champion Missouri Western is sixth and Pittsburg State 21st. Other MIAA teams receiving votes were Central Missouri State, Emporia State and Washburn.
The top three: Valdosta State (Ga.), Minnesota State-Mankato and West Texas A&M.
• TIGERS GET LONE SUPER TUESDAY SHOT: Missouri will make one appearance on ESPN’s Super Tuesday lineup of Southeastern Conference basketball games. The Tigers will visit Florida on Feb. 4 for an 8 p.m. tipoff.
Kentucky will make five appearances on the nine-game schedule, Florida three and LSU and Tennessee two. Games will tip off at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.