The coaches and media who voted in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association preseason football polls didn’t give Central and Northeastern State much chance to win the conference championship in 2014.

UCO was picked 10th of the 12 teams playing MIAA football this season and picked 11th in the media poll.

NSU came in 12th in both polls.

The Bronchos and RiverHawks each had 2-8 records in conference play in 2013.

Northwest Missouri, the defending NCAA Division II national champion, is the favorite of both the coaches and media to repeat as MIAA champs.  The Bearcats were 15-0 in 2013 and 10-0 in the league.

2014 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (11)         121
2. Pittsburg State (1)                 106
3. Central Missouri                      94
4. Emporia State                         88
5. Missouri Western                    82
6. Washburn                               79
7. Missouri Southern                  67
8. Fort Hays State                      50
9. Lindenwood                           39
10. Central Oklahoma               26
11. Nebraska-Kearney              23
12. Northeastern State             17

2014 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (37)         466
2. Pittsburg State (1)                  422
3. Emporia State (1)                   353
4. Missouri Western                   348
5. Washburn                              306
6. Central Missouri                    285
7. Missouri Southern                 258
8. Fort Hays State                     191
9. Lindenwood                          142
10. Nebraska-Kearney              109
11. Central Oklahoma                 96
12. Northeastern State                66