The Great American Conference preseason football poll came out Monday with the East Central Tigers at the top of the Oklahoma schools in the rankings.OSB-GACLineLogo

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.

Complete poll:

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
3 Harding 83 9-2, 7-1
4 Ouachita Baptist 73 6-4, 4-4
5 East Central 65 6-5, 4-4
6 Southeastern 49 4-6, 2-6
7 Southwestern 47 3-7, 2-6
8 Arkansas Tech 37 5-6. 3-5
9 Arkansas-Monticello 31 1-10, 0-8
10 Northwestern 18 3-7*
11 Southern Nazarene 17 2-9*

* Northwestern and Southern Nazarene were not eligible for the 2012 GAC football championship.