Valdosta State to open season in top spot in AFCA preseason coaches' poll
Valdosta State, fresh off of its third Division II national championship in 2012, opens up 2013 as the preseason favorite to win the national championship.
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This is the third time since the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll started in 2000 that the Blazers have begun the season ranked No. 1. Minnesota State-Mankato comes in at No. 2 with three first-place votes, followed by West Texas A&M, Northwest Missouri State and last year’s national runner-up, Winston-Salem, rounding out the top five.
There will be three key matchups in the first week of the 2013 season, highlighted by No. 4 Northwest Missouri State hosting No. 22 Saginaw Valley, and No. 7 Shippensburg traveling to No. 25 Shepherd.