Aug. 1, 2005
Bearcats Sit No. 2 in MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
Courtesy of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, during its 2005 Football Kickoff Luncheon Monday (Aug. 1) at the Arrowhead Club, announced the results of the preseason coaches poll.
Pittsburg State, the 2004 NCAA Division II national runner-up, was the coaches' choice as the team to beat this season. The Gorillas, winners of 14 consecutive games before falling in the title game, picked up seven of a possible eight first-place votes (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams), and collected 63 of a possible 64 points in the poll.
Northwest Missouri State, the MIAA's other NCAA-II playoff team last season, scored the two remaining first-place votes and ended up with 57 points. Central Missouri State is third with 51 points, while Mineral Water Bowl champion Washburn ended up fourth with 41 points.
Emporia State edged out Missouri Western for fifth place in the poll, as the Hornets scored 34 points to the Griffons' 30. Southern followed in seventh with 25 points.
Truman, which finished the 2004 season with back-to-back wins after dropping its first nine, was the No. 8 choice. Southwest Baptist, with new head coach Jack Peavey taking over this season, was selected in ninth.
The MIAA will play this season with nine teams after the departure of Missouri-Rolla following the 2004-05 academic year. Fort Hays (Kan.) State is scheduled to join the MIAA in the 2006-07 academic year.
School Pts. 1. Pittsburg State (7) 63 2. Northwest Missouri State (2) 57 3. Central Missouri State 51 4. Washburn 41 5. Emporia State 34 6. Missouri Western 30 7. Missouri Southern 25 8. Truman 15 9. Southwest Baptist 8 Points awarded on a 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Coaches could not vote for their own school.
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