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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 22, 2002

AFCA Top 25 Released, 'Cats Ranked 16th

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The American Football Coaches Association has announced its NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25. Northwest Missouri State University is ranked No. 16 in the poll, voted on by coaches throughout Division II.

Grand Valley State (Mich.), last year's runner-up, is ranked No. 1. North Dakota, last season's NCAA Division II Champion, is No. 2. Other Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association teams ranked in the Top 25 include Pittsburg State at No. 4 and Central Missouri State at No. 23. Truman and Missouri Western State also received some votes. The Bearcats' season-opening opponent, Nebraska-Omaha, was ranked No. 11

American Football Coaches Association Top 25
Rank. School (First Place Votes) - Points
1. Grand Valley State (Mich.) (17) - 649
2. North Dakota (9) - 603
3. Valdosta (Ga.) State (1) - 578
4. Pittsburg (Kan.) State - 573
5. Texas A&M-Kingsville - 494
6. California-Davis - 466
7. Indiana (Pa.) - 430
8. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) - 388
9. Saginaw Valley (Mich.) - 379
10. Bloomsburg (Pa.) - 370
11. Nebraska-Omaha - 362
12. Tarleton State (Texas) - 338
13. Tuskegee (Ala.) - 324
14. Chadron (Neb.) State - 312
15. Catawba (N.C.) - 300
16. Northwest Missouri State - 261
17. Central Arkansas - 246
18. Winona State (Minn.) - 234
19. Winston-Salem (N.C.) State - 230
20. C.W. Post (N.Y.) - 156
21. Tusculum (Tenn.) - 109
22. Shepherd (W.Va.) - 108
23. Central Missouri State - 96
24. Fort Valley State (Ga.) - 91
25. Nebraska-Kearney - 89

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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