Minnesota State No. 1 in Division II Preseason Poll

After making a great run to the national championship game last year, Minnesota State-Mankato opens up 2015 as the preseason favorite to win it all. This is the first time since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll started in 2000 that the Mavericks begin the season ranked No. 1. Defending national champion Colorado State-Pueblo comes in at No. 2, receiving 16 first-place votes, the most of any team. They are followed by Minnesota-Duluth, West Georgia and Northwest Missouri State, who round out the Top 5.

There are only two Top 25 matchups in the first week of action, but we start the 2015 season off big as No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato plays host to No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth, with bragging rights for the top spot in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference on the line. The second Top 25 matchup has No. 10 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) traveling to No. 23 West Chester (Pa.).

2015 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 17, 2015

RankSchool (1st votes) 2014 Rec. Pts.2014 Rank*Season OpenerHead Coach
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (9) 14-1 751 2 Sept. 3 vs. No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth Todd Hoffner
2. Colorado St.-Pueblo (16) 14-1 747 1 Sept. 5 vs. Central Washington John Wristen
3. Minnesota-Duluth (3) 13-1 648 3 Sept. 3 at No. 1 Minnesota St.-Mankato Curt Wiese
4. West Georgia (3) 12-3 632 6 Sept. 5 at Catawba (N.C.) Will Hall
5. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 10-2 623 14 Sept. 3 at Nebraska-Kearney Adam Dorrel
6. Ferris St. (Mich.) 11-1 601 11 Sept. 12 vs. Northwood (Mich.) Tony Annese
7. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 11-2 557 7 Sept. 3 at Northeastern St. (Okla.) Tim Beck
8. Ohio Dominican 11-2 526 4 Sept. 3 at Malone (Ohio) Bill Conley
9. Concord (W.Va.) 13-1 477 5 Sept. 5 at West Liberty (W.Va.) Garin Justice
10. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 11-1 431 8 Sept. 3 at No. 23 West Chester (Pa.) Ian Shields
11. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 11-2 422 12 Sept. 5 vs. Stonehill (Mass.) Paul Darragh
12. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 10-1 381 9 Sept. 3 at East Central (Okla.) Todd Knight
13. Angelo St. (Texas) 9-3 376 20 Sept. 3 vs. Oklahoma Panhandle St. Will Wagner
14. Delta St. (Miss.) 9-2 369 13 Sept. 3 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.) Todd Cooley
15. North Alabama 9-2 358 16 Sept. 6 vs. Miles (Ala.) Bobby Wallace
16. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 10-3 286 10 Sept. 5 at Albany St. (Ga.) David Dean
17. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 11-1 277 18 Sept. 5 vs. Mary (N.D.) Jed Stugart
18. Colorado School of Mines 10-2 189 19 Sept. 5 vs. South Dakota School of Mines Gregg Brandon
19. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 10-1 175 23 Sept. 3 at West Texas A&M Victor Santa Cruz
20. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 9-2 142 24 Sept. 3 at North Carolina-Pembroke Kienus Boulware
21. Harding (Ark.) 9-2 129 17 Sept. 5 at Oklahoma Baptist Ronnie Huckeba
22. Texas A&M-Commerce 9-3 127 NR Sept. 3 vs. Adams St. (Colo.) Colby Carthel
23. West Chester (Pa.) 11-2 125 15 Sept. 3 vs. No. 10 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) Bill Zwaan
24. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 6-5 119 NR Sept. 3 vs. Southwest Baptist (Mo.) Matt Mitchell
25. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 9-3 111 NR Sept. 5 at New Haven (Conn.) Dr. George Mihalik

*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2014

Others Receiving Votes: Indianapolis (Ind.), 109; Tuskegee (Ala.), 101; Michigan Tech, 64; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 63; Ashland (Ohio), 56; Gannon (Pa.), 46; Shepherd (W.Va.), 46; West Texas A&M, 44; Virginia St., 41; Midwestern St. (Texas), 39; Albany St. (Ga.), 37; Central Missouri, 37; Henderson St. (Ark.), 28; American International (Mass.), 24; North Carolina-Pembroke, 12; Wayne St. (Mich.), 12; Central Washington, 11; Tarleton St. (Texas), 11; California (Pa.), 7; Charleston (W.Va.), 6; Truman St. (Mo.), 6; Central Oklahoma, 5; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 4; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 3; LIU-Post (N.Y.), 3; East Central (Okla.), 2; Newberry (S.C.), 2; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 1; Southeastern Oklahoma St., 1.

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