Northwest Missouri is preseason No. 1 in Division II football poll

08/18/2014 1:02 PM

08/18/2014 11:35 PM

Northwest Missouri State is projected to pick up where it left off last season.

The Bearcats are No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association preseason poll, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes.

Northwest completed a 15-0 season in 2013 with a 43-28 victory over Lenior-Rhyne in the NCAA Championship Game.

This season, that game will be played at Sporting Park.

Other MIAA teams in the poll: Pittsburg State at No. 9 and Emporia State tied for 22nd.

Central Missouri, Missouri Western and Washburn received votes, along with Truman State, which competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

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American Football Coaches Association preseason poll

1. Northwest Missouri State (31 first-place votes)

2. Grand Valley State (Mich.)

3. Minnesota-Duluth

4. Colorado St.-Pueblo

5. North Alabama

6. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)

7. Minnesota State-Mankato

8. Henderson State (Ark.) (1)

9. Pittsburg State

10. West Chester (Pa.)

11. West Texas A&M

12. Shepherd (W.Va.)

13. Ohio Dominican

14. Winston-Salem State (N.C.)

15. St. Cloud State (Minn.)

16. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)

17. Tarleton State (Texas)

18. Indianapolis

19. Delta State (Miss.)

20. Indiana (Pa.)

21. North Carolina-Pembroke

22 (tie). Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

22 (tie). Emporia State

24. Bloomsburg (Pa.)

25. Tuskegee (Ala.)

Among others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Missouri Western, Truman State, Washburn

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