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Football - Thu, Aug. 3, 2017 by Troy Baranik

Mid-South Conference releases Football Preseason Coaches' Polls

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Reinhardt (Ga.) and Southeastern (Fla.) are the favorites to capture their divisions according to the Mid-South Conference Football Preseason Coaches' Polls, MSC officials announced on Thursday.

The Mid-South begins its first season with three divisions on the heels of this past summer's expansion. Twenty football teams now call the Mid-South home -- the largest conference in all of collegiate football.

Lindsey Wilson and Reinhardt each received 36 voting points from the coaches within their seven-team divisions while Southeastern received 24 voting points within its six-team division to headline the preseason poll.

Coaches voted only within their division and were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.

APPALACHIAN DIVISION

Reinhardt received six of the seven first-place votes to sit atop the Appalachian Division poll. The Eagles reached the NAIA Football Championship Series semifinals in 2016 en route to a 13-1 record. Reinhardt won the MSC West in 2016.

Pikeville (Ky.) is second in the Appalachian preseason poll with 29 voting points followed by Cumberlands (Ky.) with 23 voting points. Pikeville -- who received the final first-place vote -- shared the MSC East Division title last season with a 5-1 divisional record.

Point (Ga.) and Union (Ky.) are tied for fourth in the poll with 20 voting points followed by Bluefield (Va.) with 13 voting points and first-year program St. Andrews (N.C.) with six voting points. St. Andrews, led by head coach David Harper, will host their home opener on Sat., Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. against non-division foe Cincinnati Christian. SAU's team reported to school on Aug. 3.

The 2017 season begins on Thursday, Aug. 24 as Pikeville travels to Campbellsville and Warner travels to Cumberlands. The first week of MSC play continues on Saturday, Aug. 26 with seven games: Southeastern at Union, Point at Webber International, Ave Maria at Cincinnati Christian, Faulkner at Kentucky Christian, St. Andrews at Lindsey Wilson, Edward Waters at Bethel, and Bluefield at Cumberland.

More can be found here: http://www.mid-southconference.org/article/6031.php

APPALACHIAN DIVISION

Pos.

Team

Points (First Place Votes)

2016 Division Record

2016 Overall Record

1.

Reinhardt (Ga.)

36 (6)

5-0 **

13-1

2.

Pikeville (Ky.)

29 (1)

5-1 *

6-5

3.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

23

3-3 *

4-6

4.

Point (Ga.)

20

2-3 ***

3-6

 

Union (Ky.)

20

4-2 *

5-6

6.

Bluefield (Va.)

13

1-5 *

1-10

7.

St. Andrews (N.C.)

6

N/A ****

N/A ****

* MSC East member in 2016

** MSC West member in 2016

*** The Sun Conference member in 2016. Record is final record in TSC

**** First year of competition

 
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