Northwest Selected 1st, Western 4th & 5th in MIAA Polls

Northwest Selected 1st, Western 4th & 5th in MIAA Polls

The MIAA released its preseason coaches and media polls Tuesday.
(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) Northwest is picked to win the MIAA once again in 2014 according to the conference's coaches and media.

The league released its preseason polls Tuesday morning, and the Bearcats were penciled in atop each list.

Pittsburg State was also picked to finish second in each set of rankings, but the rest of the top five changed between the polls.

The coaches predicted Central Missouri to follow Pitt at third, Emporia State in fourth and Missouri Western rounding out the top five.

The media poll listed Emporia State third, Missouri Western fourth and Washburn fifth.

The Bearcats went untouched with a 15-0 record on the way to the program's fourth national championship in 2013. Northwest returns 16 starters from that squad.

Missouri Western finished last season with an 8-3 record, 7-3 in the MIAA, but missed the playoffs. The Griffons will bring back experienced players to both sides of the ball. Eight defensive and eight offensive starters from 2013 will suit up again this season.

Each poll in its entirety is listed below:

2014 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (11)         121
2. Pittsburg State (1)                 106
3. Central Missouri                      94
4. Emporia State                         88
5. Missouri Western                    82
6. Washburn                               79
7. Missouri Southern                  67
8. Fort Hays State                      50
9. Lindenwood                           39
10. Central Oklahoma               26
11. Nebraska-Kearney              23
12. Northeastern State             17



2014 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (37)         466
2. Pittsburg State (1)                  422
3. Emporia State (1)                   353
4. Missouri Western                   348
5. Washburn                              306
6. Central Missouri                    285
7. Missouri Southern                 258
8. Fort Hays State                     191
9. Lindenwood                          142
10. Nebraska-Kearney              109
11. Central Oklahoma                 96
12. Northeastern State                66
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