Buff Football 11th in Preseason AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll

Buff Football 11th in Preseason AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll

Coming off one of its best seasons in school history, the West Texas A&M football team is 11th in the preseason American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ Poll.
WACO, Texas – Coming off one of its best seasons in school history, the West Texas A&M football team is 11th in the preseason American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ Poll, which was released Monday. 
 
The Buffs are coming off of an 11-3 season and its second-straight NCAA playoff appearance and berth in the NCAA National Quarterfinal.  WT finished 11th in the final AFCA poll at the end of last season.   WT was picked second in the preseason Lone Star Conference Poll last month.
 
Defending national champion Northwest Missouri State, fresh of its fourth NCAA Division II title, is the 2014 preseason favorite to win the national championship.  This is the third time since 2000 that the Bearcats have begun the season ranked No. 1.  Grand Valley State is second, followed by Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado State-Pueblo, and North Alabama round out the Top 5. 
 
Tarleton State is 17th in the poll, while Midwestern State is receiving votes, as well as Eastern New Mexico.
 
The Buffs open the 2014 season for the second time in three years at No. 4 Colorado State-Pueblo Thurs., Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. CT.  The 2014 home slate begins Sat., Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium versus No. 17 Tarleton State.
 
2014 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 18, 2014
2013 2013
Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Rank* Season Opener Head Coach
1. Northwest Missouri St. (31) 15-0 799 1 Sept. 4 vs. Nebraska-Kearney Adam Dorrel
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 12-3 725 3 Sept. 4 at No. 22 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Matt Mitchell
3. Minnesota-Duluth 11-2 634 8 Sept. 6 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) Curt Wiese
4. Colorado St.-Pueblo 11-1 619 7 Sept. 4 vs. No. 11 West Texas A&M John Wristen
5. North Alabama 10-3 589 10 Sept. 13 at Mississippi College Bobby Wallace
6. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 13-2 538 2 Sept. 6 vs. Point (Ga.) Ian Shields
7. Minnesota St.-Mankato 11-1 530 6 Sept. 4 vs. No. 15 St. Cloud State (Minn.) Todd Hoffner
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) (1) 11-1 523 13 Sept. 6 at Southern Nazarene (Okla.) Scott Maxfield
9. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 10-2 522 19 Sept. 6 vs. Northeastern St. (Okla.) Tim Beck
10. West Chester (Pa.) 13-2 477 4 Sept. 6 at New Haven (Conn.) Bill Zwaan
11. West Texas A&M 11-3 407 11 Sept. 4 at No. 4 Colorado St.-Pueblo Mike Nesbitt
12. Shepherd (W.Va.) 11-1 393 9 Sept. 6 at West Liberty (W.Va.) Monte Cater
13. Ohio Dominican 10-1 390 12 Sept. 6 vs. Malone (Ohio) Bill Conley
14. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 10-2 389 14 Sept. 6 vs. No. 21 North Carolina-Pembroke Kienus Boulware
15. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 12-2 350 5 Sept. 4 at No. 7 Minnesota St.-Mankato Scott Underwood
16. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 10-3 333 17 Sept. 4 vs. Edinboro (Pa.) Ken Sparks
17. Tarleton St. (Texas) 7-3 266 NR Sept. 13 at No. 11 West Texas A&M Cary Fowler
18. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-2 229 18 Sept. 6 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) Bob Bartolomeo
19. Delta St. (Miss.) 7-3 206 NR Sept. 6 at Fort Valley St. (Ga.) Todd Cooley
20. Indiana (Pa.) 9-2 167 24 Sept. 6 vs. St. Augustine’s (N.C.) Curt Cignetti
21. North Carolina-Pembroke 9-2 140 15 Sept. 6 at No. 14 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) Shane Richardson
22t. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 10-2 133 NR Sept. 4 vs. No. 2 Grand Valley St. (Mich.) Victor Santa Cruz
22t. Emporia St. (Kan.) 9-2 133 20 Sept. 4 vs. Missouri Southern St. Garin Higgins
24. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-2 103 16 Sept. 6 at Stonehill (Mass.) Paul Darragh
25. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-3 98 25 Sept. 6 vs. Alabama A&M Willie Slater
 
*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2013
 
Others Receiving Votes: Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 87; Central Missouri, 82; West Alabama, 67; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 59; American
International (Mass.), 51; Ferris St. (Mich.), 41; California (Pa.), 38; Missouri Western St., 38; Albany St. (Ga.), 32; Midwestern St.
(Texas), 31; Harding (Ark.), 27; Colorado School of Mines, 20; Newberry (S.C.), 20; Concord (W.Va.), 19; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 19;
Slippery Rock (Pa.), 13; Eastern New Mexico, 12; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 9; Winona St. (Minn.), 9; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 7; Sioux
Falls (S.D.), 7; Truman St. (Mo.), 5; Findlay (Ohio), 3; Miles (Ala.), 3; Chadron St. (Neb.), 2; Michigan Tech, 2; Washburn (Kan.), 2;
West Georgia, 2.
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