Henderson State (Ark.) is the unanimous choice for the No. 1 spot. Coaches were not allowed to vote on their own school. The Reddies return standout junior quarterback Kevin Rodgers, who was a Harlan Hill Trophy candidate in 2012.
East Central was tabbed to finish fifth in the league, which begins its third full season in 2013-2014.
The Tigers went 6-5 in 2012, but finished the season strong on a three-game winning streak.
Southeastern comes in right in the middle of the pack in the No. 6 spot, followed closely by Southwestern at No. 7.
Northwestern and Southern Nazarene rounded out the poll at Nos. 10 and 11, respectively.
|Rank||School||Points (First Place)||2012 Record|
|1||Henderson State||100 (10)||10-1, 8-0|
|2||Southern Arkansas||85 (1)||8-3. 6-2|
|4||Ouachita Baptist||73||6-4, 4-4|
|5||East Central||65||6-5, 4-4|
|8||Arkansas Tech||37||5-6. 3-5|
* Northwestern and Southern Nazarene were not eligible for the 2012 GAC football championship.