MIAA Commissioner: Dr. Bob Boerigter

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Dr. Bob Boerigter; MIAA Commissioner

Dr. Bob Boerigter; MIAA Commissioner

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (MIAA) Defending MIAA Co-Champion Northwest Missouri received 36 first place votes between two polls as they topped both the coaches and media poll for 2015. 2014 MIAA Co-Champion Pittsburg State earned 17 first place votes between the two polls as they finished second in both the media and coaches poll.

The polls could not agree in the third place spot as Central Missouri edged Central Oklahoma by just one point for third place in the coaches poll while the Broncos were third for the media. Missouri Western racked up 350 points to be picked fourth by the media while UCM was six points behind them in the fifth spot in the media poll with the Griffons earning the fifth spot in the coaches opinion.

Sixth place was agreed upon by both polls as Fort Hays State earned 284 points from the media and 71 points from the coaches. Their was a tie in the poll for the coaches at seventh place as Turnpike Tussle Rivals Emporia State and Washburn each earned 59 points. In the media poll the Hornets edged the Ichabods by just 13 points.

Earning the ninth spot in both polls was Nebraska-Kearney grabbing 39 points from the coaches and 153 points from the media. Lindenwood earned the tenth spot in the coaches poll ahead of the 11th pick MIssouri Southern with the two teams swapping roles in the media poll. Northeastern State was picked 12th by both the coaches and media in third year’s poll.

All of the MIAA football schools are scheduled to kick off the season on Thursday, Sept. 3 with Fort Hays State traveling to Central Oklahoma in the MIAA Television Network game of the week.

2015 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (8)        118
2. Pittsburg State (4)               114
3. Central Missouri                    92
4. Central Oklahoma                 91
5. Missouri Western                  82
6. Fort Hays State                     71
T7. Emporia State                     59
T7. Washburn                            59
9. Nebraska-Kearney                39
10. Lindenwood                        34
11. Missouri Southern               17
12. Northeastern State              16

2015 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (28)        478
2.  Pittsburg State (13)              455
3. Central Oklahoma                 382
4. Missouri Western                  350
5. Central Missouri                    344
6. Fort Hays State                     284
7. Emporia State                       226
8. Washburn                              213
9. Nebraska-Kearney               153
10. Missouri Southern              144
11. Lindenwood                        122
12. Northeastern State               47