East Central was among three teams to receive first place votes in the preseason Great American Conference football poll.  ECU and Ouachita Baptist tied for second in the poll, following preseason favorite Henderson State, which was at the top.

East Central finished 2011 tied for the most conference wins with OBU and had the best overall record in the league at 8-3.

The tie for the second spot was the only one in the poll.  There was a four-way logjam in the sixth place spot.  Southeastern and Southwestern, along with Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Arkansas round out the bottom of the poll.

Northwestern and Southern Nazarene will play a GAC schedule this season, but neither is eligible to win the title.  The teams were not voted on in the poll.

Position

Team

Points (First Place)

1

Henderson State

57 (4)

T-2

East Central

54 (3)

T-2

Ouachita Baptist

54 (2)

4

Harding

42

5

Arkansas Tech

29

T-6

Arkansas-Monticello

22

T-6

Southeastern

22

T-6

Southern Arkansas

22

T-6

Southwestern

22

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