DII Football Poll Out, NWMSU & Pitt State Ranked

By: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

August 19, 2013-For the first time since 2004, the Emporia State football team will begin the season receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NCAA Division II Preseason Poll. The Hornets are one of six MIAA teams receiving votes.

If the poll were carried out, the Hornets would be ranked #38 with 20 points. The last time Emporia State was in the AFCA Preseason Poll they were #28 with 62 points after posting a 9-3 record, winning a share of the MIAA Championship and making their first appearance in the NCAA Playoffs.

The Hornets were 10-2 last season and went 9-2 in the MIAA to finish second in the regular season. Emporia State won the final Kanza Bowl with a 45-38 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Emporia State will look to build on last year’s ten win season and Kanza Bowl win with 14 returning starters and a total of 20 players that have started at least one game. Preseason All-Americans Chris Poston and Jordan Sanders anchor the defense while four of five starters return on the offensive line.

The Hornets will open the season on Thursday, September 5 at Ft. Hays State and will play their home opener on Thursday, September 12 against Nebraska-Kearney.

2013 AFCA NCAA Division II
Preseason Poll
School (1st votes) 2012 Rec. Pts. 2012 Rank*
1. Valdosta St. (Ga.) (26) 12-2 766 1
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato (3) 13-1 726 3
3. West Texas A&M (1) 12-3 707 4
4. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 10-3 616 10
5. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 14-1 599 2
6. Missouri Western St. 12-2 586 5
7. Shippensburg (Pa.) 11-2 559 14
8. Colorado St.-Pueblo 12-1 522 6
9. Ashland (Ohio) 11-1 506 9
10. Indiana (Pa.) (1) 12-2 416 7
11. Minnesota-Duluth 10-2 410 12
12. New Haven (Conn.) 10-1 407 8
13. Henderson St. (Ark.) 10-1 371 11
14. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 361 NR
15. Midwestern St. (Texas) 9-2 319 16
16. West Alabama 9-4 297 21
17. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 9-3 290 13
18. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-2 227 17
19. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-3 212 15
20. Chadron St. (Neb.) 9-3 195 18
21. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 7-3 165 NR
22. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 141 NR
23. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 9-3 140 20
24. Tuskegee (Ala.) 10-2 124 23
25. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-3 108 25
*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2012
Others Receiving Votes: Harding (Ark.), 106; Winona St. (Minn.), 77; Albany St. (Ga.), 51; North Alabama, 39; Michigan Tech, 38; Central Washington, 34; Central Missouri, 31; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 30; Delta St. (Miss.), 26; American International (Mass.), 21; Charleston (W.Va.), 21; Ferris St. (Mich.), 21; Emporia St. (Kan.), 20; West Chester (Pa.), 20; Hillsdale (Mich.), 14; Miles (Ala.), 14; Colorado School of Mines, 11; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 11; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 11; Washburn (Kan.), 8; Ohio Dominican, 6; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 4; Tarleton St. (Texas), 3; California (Pa.), 2; Missouri S&T, 2; New Mexico Highlands, 2; North Carolina-Pembroke, 2; Southern Arkansas, 2; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2; Wayne St. (Mich.), 1.


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