UCO, NSU in bottom half of MIAA preseason football polls

KANSAS CITY – Both the coaches and media polled in the 2017 MIAA preseason football polls have put the league’s Oklahoma teams in the second tier of the rankings.

Central Oklahoma was picked to finish eighth in the coaches’ poll and a notch higher at seventh in the media poll.

Northeastern State came in 10th in the rankings with the coaches and was a spot lower at 11th according to the media.

It should come as no surprise that Northwest Missouri was placed at the top of both polls. The 2016 MIAA champions have won 30 consecutive games and are the two-time defending Division II national champions.

2017 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (9)        118
2. Emporia State (2)                108
3. Central Missouri (1)             106
4. Pittsburg State                       88
5. Fort Hays State                     83
6. Washburn                              71
7. Missouri Western                  58
8. Central Oklahoma                 51
9. Lindenwood                          37
10. Northeastern State             31
11. Missouri Southern               24
12. Nebraska-Kearney              17

2017 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Northwest Missouri  (36)     464
2. Emporia State (3)                421
3. Central Missouri                  383
4. Pittsburg State                    347
5. Fort Hays State                  316
6. Washburn                           262
7. Central Oklahoma              227
8. Missouri Western               215
9. Lindenwood                       145
10. Missouri Southern            108
11. Northeastern State            102
12. Nebraska-Kearney             52