Bearcats Ranked No. 1, Griffons Receive Votes in AFCA Preseason Poll

Published 08/18 2014 08:50PM

Updated 08/18 2014 09:08PM

(WACO, Texas) After a run to the Division II National Championship, Northwest Missouri State is the overwhelming power pick to start the 2014 season.

The Bearcats were ranked No. 1 in the AFCA Preseason Top 25 Poll released on Monday. They received all but one first-place vote, which went to Henderson State. Northwest is coming off their third 15-0 campaign in program history. This also marks the third time they've started the season No. 1 since the poll started in 2000.

Missouri Western garnered 38 Top 25 votes to slide in at 33rd in the nation. The Griffons posted an 8-3 record last year but missed out on the postseason for the first time since 2004.

Also representing the MIAA in the Top 25 are Pittsburg State (No. 9) and Emporia State (T-No. 22). Central Missouri (82) and Washburn (2) also received votes.

Both MWSU and Northwest begin the season at home on Thursday, September 4.
RankSchool (1st votes) 2013 Rec. Pts.Prev.*Season OpenerHead Coach
1.Northwest Missouri St. (31)15-07991Sept. 4 vs. Nebraska-KearneyAdam Dorrel
2.Grand Valley St. (Mich.)12-37253Sept. 4 at No. 22 Azusa Pacific (Calif.)Matt Mitchell
3. Minnesota-Duluth11-26348Sept. 6 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)Curt Wiese
4.Colorado St.-Pueblo11-16197Sept. 4 vs. No. 11 West Texas A&MJohn Wristen
5.North Alabama10-358910Sept. 13 at Mississippi CollegeBobby Wallace
6.Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)13-25382Sept. 6 vs. Point (Ga.)Ian Shields
7. Minnesota St.-Mankato11-15306Sept. 4 vs. No. 15 St. Cloud State (Minn.)Todd Hoffner
8.Henderson St. (Ark.) (1)11-152313Sept. 6 at Southern Nazarene (Okla.)Scott Maxfield
9.Pittsburg St. (Kan.)10-252219Sept. 6 vs. Northeastern St. (Okla.)Tim Beck
10.West Chester (Pa.)13-24774Sept. 6 at New Haven (Conn.)Bill Zwaan
11.West Texas A&M11-340711Sept. 4 at No. 4 Colorado St.-PuebloMike Nesbitt
12.Shepherd (W.Va.)11-13939Sept. 6 at West Liberty (W.Va.)Monte Cater
13.Ohio Dominican10-139012Sept. 6 vs. Malone (Ohio)Bill Conley
14.Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)10-238914Sept. 6 vs. No. 21 North Carolina-PembrokeKienus Boulware
15.St. Cloud State (Minn.)12-23505Sept. 4 at No. 7 Minnesota St.-MankatoScott Underwood
16.Carson-Newman (Tenn.)10-333317Sept. 4 vs. Edinboro (Pa.)Ken Sparks
17.Tarleton St. (Texas)7-3266NRSept. 13 at No. 11 West Texas A&MCary Fowler
18.Indianapolis (Ind.)10-222918Sept. 6 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)Bob Bartolomeo
19.Delta St. (Miss.)7-3206NRSept. 6 at Fort Valley St. (Ga.)Todd Cooley
20.Indiana (Pa.)9-216724Sept. 6 vs. St. Augustine’s (N.C.)Curt Cignetti
21.North Carolina-Pembroke9-214015Sept. 6 at No. 14 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)Shane Richardson
22t.Azusa Pacific (Calif.)10-2133NRSept. 4 vs. No. 2 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)Victor Santa Cruz
22t.Emporia St. (Kan.)9-213320Sept. 4 vs. Missouri Southern St.Garin Higgins
24.Bloomsburg (Pa.)10-210316Sept. 6 at Stonehill (Mass.)Paul Darragh
25.Tuskegee (Ala.)8-39825Sept. 6 vs. Alabama A&MWillie Slater

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