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Aug. 15, 2011

Bearcats ranked No. 3 by AFCA

WACO, Texas - Northwest Missouri State University will open the 2011 football season ranked No. 3 as announced by the American Football Coaches Association preseason top 25 poll released Monday.

The Bearcats sit behind last year's national champion, Minnesota-Duluth, and national runner-up, Delta State. The Bulldogs eliminated Northwest in the national semifinals a year ago, 17-13, and received 28 of 29 first-place votes while the Bearcats picked up the final tally.

Abilene Christian and Grand Valley State round out the top five, as each were their conference's respective champion last season. North Alabama opens the season at No. 6 while Texas A&M-Kingsville is ranked No. 7 to start the season after falling to the Bearcats in the national quarterfinals.

Augustana (S.D.) opens the season at No. 8 and will begin its season with one of the first week's biggest games, hosting top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. Rounding out the top 10 is Albany State (Ga.) and Bloomsburg (Pa.), both checking in tied for ninth.

Central Missouri and Washburn also represent the MIAA in the top 25. The Mules open the season at No. 15 and Washburn is ranked No. 18. Future MIAA member Nebraska-Kearney sits just behind UCM at No. 16.

Missouri Western, Pittsburg State and future MIAA member Central Oklahoma also received votes in the AFCA preseason poll.

The Bearcats week two opponent, Sioux Falls, also received votes in the preseason poll, as the Cougars make the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II this season.

 

Rank

School (1st votes)

2010 Rec.

Pts.

2010 Rank*

1.

Minnesota-Duluth (28)

15-0

724

1

2.

Delta St. (Miss.)

11-4

657

2

3.

Northwest Missouri St. (1)

12-2

624

3

4.

Abilene Christian (Texas)

11-1

607

8

5.

Grand Valley St. (Mich.)

11-2

579

10

6.

North Alabama

9-4

468

22

7.

Texas A&M-Kingsville

10-2

437

9

8.

Augustana (S.D.)

11-2

426

6

9T.

Albany St. (Ga.)

11-1

379

4

9T.

Bloomsburg (Pa.)

10-3

379

15

11.

Shepherd (W.Va.)

12-2

377

7

12.

California (Pa.)

10-2

369

14

13.

St. Cloud State (Minn.)

10-3

346

12

14.

Wingate (N.C.)

9-3

284

20

15.

Central Missouri

11-3

270

5

16.

Nebraska-Kearney

9-2

242

23

17.

Mercyhurst (Pa.)

10-3

207

11

18.

Washburn (Kan.)

8-4

201

NR

19.

West Texas A&M

8-4

186

18

20.

Valdosta St. (Ga.)

8-3

184

17

21.

Wayne St. (Mich.)

9-2

177

21

22.

Central Washington

8-3

164

NR

23.

Kutztown (Pa.)

10-2

144

13

24.

Henderson St. (Ark.)

7-4

139

NR

25T.

Hillsdale (Mich.)

9-3

91

16

25T.

Shaw (N.C.)

9-3

91

NR

*- Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2010

 

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado School of Mines, 87; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 80; Missouri Western St., 72; Tuskegee (Ala.), 68; West Liberty (W.Va.), 60; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 48; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 31; Michigan Tech, 31; New Haven (Conn.), 28; Ashland (Ohio), 24; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 24; Wayne St. (Neb.), 17; Midwestern St. (Texas), 15; Morehouse (Ga.), 14; Southern Connecticut St., 14; Tusculum (Tenn.), 9; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 7; Lincoln (Pa.), 7; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 7; West Alabama, 6; Central Oklahoma, 5; Winona St. (Minn.), 4; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 4; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 3; St. Augustine's (N.C.), 3; Chadron St. (Neb.), 1; Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 1; Harding (Ark.), 1; Merrimack (Mass.), 1; Minnesota St.-Mankato, 1.


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