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Maryville, MO (2013-08-20)
The American Football Coaches Association preseason poll was released earlier today.
The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats are ranked fourth nationally, receiving 616 total points and one first-place vote. The three teams in front of Bearcats in the rankings are Valdosta State at number one, Minnesota St.-Mankato at number two, and West Texas A&M at number three. Six of the Bearcats' 2013 opponents were either ranked or received votes in the poll. Missouri Western, the next highest ranked member of the MIAA, ranked sixth in the poll, and will play Northwest for the last game of the regular season in St. Joseph. Pittsburg States picked 21st in the preseason poll. Northwest will open the season at Bearcat Stadium on Thursday, September 5th, against No. 22 ranked Saginaw Valley State.
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