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Mid-South Conference releases Football Preseason Coaches’ Polls

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Georgetown (Ky.) is the near-unanimous pick to win the Mid-South Conference East Division in 2015 while Campbellsville (Ky.) and Reinhardt (Ga.) are the co-favorites to finish atop the West Division standings at season's end, according to the conference's preseason football coaches' poll announced today.

Georgetown received 25 voting points -- including five of the six first-place votes -- from the East coaches. Campbellsville and Reinhardt each garnered 21 voting points and two first-place votes each from the West coaches.

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

EAST DIVISION

Georgetown finished second last season in the East en route to earing a berth into the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Tigers -- who own five East Division titles and a Mid-South-best 18 conference crowns -- were ranked No. 11 in the 2015 NAIA Football Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll.

Pikeville (Ky.) is second in the voting with 18 voting points while Cumberlands (Ky.) and Kentucky Christian are tied for third in the poll with 14 voting points each. Cumberlands received the final first-place vote.

Union (Ky.) is fifth in the poll with 12 voting points while Bluefield (Va.) is sixth with seven voting points.

WEST DIVISION

Campbellsville shared the West Division title last season with Faulkner (Ala.) while Reinhardt finished a game back. The Tigers upset a pair of nationally ranked teams on their way to making a trip to the NAIA Championship Series.

Reinhardt begins its third season after back-to-back 6-4 records during its first two seasons against varsity competition.

Faulkner and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) are tied for third in the preseason poll with 17 points each. Both programs garnered a first-place vote in the polling. The Eagles and Blue Raiders -- who captured the East Division title in 2014 -- each made the playoffs last season with Lindsey Wilson reaching the national quarterfinals.

Bethel (Tenn.) and Cumberland (Tenn.) are tied for fifth in the poll with seven voting points apiece.

No. 7-ranked Lindsey Wilson, No. 10 Faulkner and No. 15 Campbellsville join Georgetown in the NAIA Football Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll.

Lindsey Wilson's move to the West in 2015 comes on the heels of Belhaven (Miss.) leaving the Mid-South Conference as an affiliate member. The two divisions each boast six teams.

The 2015 season begins in late August.

 

EAST DIVISION

Pos.

Team

Points (First Place Votes)

2014 Division Record

2014 Overall Record

1.

Georgetown (Ky.)

25 (5)

5-1

8-3

2.

Pikeville (Ky.)

18

4-2

5-6

3.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

14 (1)

2-4

3-7

 

Kentucky Christian

14

2-4

5-6

5.

Union (Ky.)

12

1-5

1-9

6.

Bluefield (Va.)

7

1-5

3-8

 

WEST DIVISION

Pos.

Team

Points (First Place Votes)

2014 Division Record

2014 Overall Record

1.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

21 (2)

4-1

7-4

 

Reinhardt (Ga.)

21 (2)

3-2

6-4

3.

Faulkner (Ala.)

17 (1)

4-1

9-3

 

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

17 (1)

6-0*

10-3

5.

Bethel (Tenn.)

7

2-3

5-6

 

Cumberland (Tenn.)

7

2-3

6-5

 * Lindsey Wilson's East Division record

 

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