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    Default AFCA Preseason Coaches Poll

    Link: http://insider.afca.com/afca-divisio...-2018-at-no-1/

    After claiming their first-ever Division II national championship in 2017, Texas A&M-Commerce will start the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. This is the first time since the poll began in 2000 that the Lions start the season ranked No. 1. West Florida, who lost to Texas A&M-Commerce in the championship game, begins this year at No. 2. The Argonauts are followed by Minnesota State at No. 3, Indiana (PA) at No. 4 and Fort Hays State and Northwest Missouri State tied at No. 5.

    The first week of action starts off with four Top 25 matchups, all on Thursday, August 30. The first game has No. 2 West Florida hosting No. 22 Carson-Newman while No. 4 Indiana (PA) travels to No. 15 Ashland. The third Top 25 matchup is a conference battle as No. 5 Fort Hays State plays host to No. 18 Central Missouri. The final matchup has No. 10 Grand Valley State hosting No. 13 Indianapolis.

    AFCA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll (8/13)
    1. Texas A&M-Commerce (13) (14-1)
    2. West Florida (14) (11-4)
    3. Minnesota State-Mankato (2) (13-1)
    4. Indiana (PA) (2) (13-1)
    5t. Fort Hays State (11-1)
    5t. Northwest Missouri State (2) (9-3)
    7. Harding (11-4)
    8. Ferris State (11-2)
    9. Central Washington (11-1)
    10. Grand Valley State (8-3)
    11. Midwestern State (10-1)
    12. West Alabama (10-3)
    13. Indianapolis (11-1)
    14. Colorado State-Pueblo (9-3)
    15. Ashland (11-2)
    16. Shepherd (10-1)
    17. Assumption (11-2)
    18. Central Missouri (9-3)
    19. West Georgia (9-4)
    20. Sioux Falls (9-3)
    21. Winona State (10-2)
    22. Carson-Newman (8-3)
    23. Ohio Dominican (7-3)
    24. Ouachita Baptist (9-3)
    25. Findlay (10-3)

    Others Receiving Votes
    California (PA), Delta State, West Chester, Colorado Mesa, Bowie State, Virginia State, Minnesota-Duluth, Albany State, Florida Tech, Colorado School of Mines, Shippensburg, Tuskegee, Wingate, Azusa Pacific, Valdosta State, Pittsburg State, Notre Dame College, Eastern New Mexico, Edinboro, Missouri Western State, Bloomsburg, Emporia State, Central Oklahoma, LIU-C.W. Post, Slippery Rock, Augustana, Fairmont State, Humboldt State, Catawba, Fayetteville State, Hillsdale, Southern Arkansas, Washburn

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    Only 4th?

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    Default Re: AFCA Preseason Coaches Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by IUPNation View Post
    Only 4th?
    Yet many are picking Ashland for the win. I really don't know who SHOULD be the favorite as Ashland lost some top starters from last season. On paper, this sets up for a good game.

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    Well, numbers 1 and 2 played in the championship game last year. As you may recall, IUP did not. Numbers 3 and 4 lost to those teams in the semifinals coincidentally by the same margin. Being picked to win the NSIC (Minnesota State Mankato) tends to carry more weight than being picked to win the PSAC West (IUP). That puts you at 4.

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    Fifty-eight schools received votes. Seven of them are from the PSAC, and an eighth club that will be in the PSAC last year. That's not too shabby.

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    Default Re: AFCA Preseason Coaches Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by jrshooter View Post
    Fifty-eight schools received votes. Seven of them are from the PSAC, and an eighth club that will be in the PSAC last year. That's not too shabby.
    I haven't determined other conference representation, but would have to think that the PSAC has to have near the most representation.

    Also, Shepherd has replaced Cheyney on the PSAC site with the note that the Rams are joining 2019-2020.

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    Seems more than fair to me. I’m not sure IUP is a top 10 team on paper at this point given the perceived holes on defense. That said, the opening poll is more about how you finished the previous year more than anything else.

    I would put West Florida at #1.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fightingscot82 View Post
    Well, numbers 1 and 2 played in the championship game last year. As you may recall, IUP did not. Numbers 3 and 4 lost to those teams in the semifinals coincidentally by the same margin. Being picked to win the NSIC (Minnesota State Mankato) tends to carry more weight than being picked to win the PSAC West (IUP). That puts you at 4.
    Harding was the other semifinalist. Mankato went out the week before.

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