Aug. 17, 2009

Courtesy of MIAA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three MIAA teams appear in the top 25 of the 2009 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll, released Monday afternoon.
 
Northwest Missouri leads the way as preseason No. 2, receiving 575 points and four first-place votes. Pittsburg State will begin the season at No. 7 after totaling 420 points, while Central Missouri was voted No. 25 with 72 points. Nebraska-Omaha (28), Washburn (22) and Missouri Western (6) all received votes in the poll.
 
Grand Valley State (Mich.) opens up 2009 as the preseason favorite to win the national championship, receiving 12 first-place votes. Defending national champion and No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth received eight first-place votes, while No. 5 Abilene Christian (Texas) received the final first-place vote.
 
The 2009 football season begins Aug. 27, with five MIAA teams in action.
 
2009 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll
(Aug. 17, 2009)

1. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (12) -- 11-1 -- 601
2. Northwest Missouri (4) -- 12-2 -- 575
3. Minnesota-Duluth (8) -- 15-0 -- 552
4. Delta St. (Miss.) -- 10-2 -- 538
5. Abilene Christian (Texas) (1) -- 11-1 -- 495
6. North Alabama -- 12-2 -- 480
7. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) -- 11-2 -- 420
8. California (Pa.) -- 12-2 -- 402
9. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) -- 7-4 -- 355
10. Chadron St. (Neb.) -- 11-2 -- 352
11. West Texas A&M -- 11-2 -- 345
12. Valdosta St. (Ga.) -- 9-3 -- 336
13. Bloomsburg (Pa.) -- 11-2 -- 325
14. Central Washington -- 10-2 -- 302
15. Ashland (Ohio) -- 9-4 -- 270
16. Central Oklahoma -- 7-4 --199
17. Minnesota St.-Mankato -- 9-3 -- 197
18. Tuskegee (Ala.) -- 10-1 -- 142
19. Albany St. (Ga.) -- 7-4 -- 110
20. West Chester (Pa.) -- 9-4 -- 105
21. Edinboro (Pa.) -- 9-2 -- 99
22. Glenville St. (W.Va.) -- 8-3 -- 82
23. Tusculum (Tenn.) -- 9-4 -- 80
24. Fayetteville St. (N.C.) -- 8-2 -- 78
25. Central Missouri -- 7-4 -- 72
 
Others Receiving Votes: Catawba (N.C.), 70; Southern Connecticut St., 49; Michigan Tech, 42; Wayne St. (Neb.), 41; Texas A&M-Commerce, 38; Tarleton St. (Texas), 37; Indiana (Pa.), 35; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 33; Augustana (S.D.), 30; Colorado School of Mines, 30; Nebraska-Omaha, 28; Washburn (Kan.), 22; Wayne St. (Mich.), 21; Nebraska-Kearney, 20; Missouri S&T, 19; Arkansas-Monticello, 17; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 15; Southeastern Oklahoma St., 12; Wingate (N.C.), 11; North Carolina-Pembroke, 10; Missouri Western, 6; Seton Hill (Pa.), 6; Charleston (W.Va.), 5; American International (Mass.), 4; Arkansas Tech, 4; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 4; Midwestern St. (Texas), 3; Western Oregon, 1.