KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending NCAA Division II National Champion Northwest Missouri received 48 first place votes between two polls as they topped both the coaches and media poll for 2014. The Bearcats were perfect in MIAA play last season on their way to their fourth National Championship in football.

Both the coaches and the media agreed on Pittsburg State as the number two team in the poll giving them one first place vote in each. Things differed as the polls moved to the number three spot, however, as the coaches picked Central Missouri and the media gave Emporia State the nod and a first place vote. Just six points behind UCM, ESU was picked fourth in the coaches poll, while Missouri Western came in fourth among the media voters.

MWSU was just six points behind ESU as they were picked fifth by the coaches and Washburn entered the media poll as the number five selection. WU was just three points behind the number five spot as they came in sixth in the coaches poll while UCM was selected sixth in the media poll. Things returned to unison in the number seven spot as Missouri Southern was picked seventh in both polls.

Fort Hays State was picked eighth by both the coaches and media while Lindenwood was selected in the ninth spot in both polls. Central Oklahoma was picked 10th by the coaches while earning the 11th place spot in the media poll. Nebraska-Kearney flip flopped with them being chosen tenth by the media and 11th in the coaches votes. Northeastern State was picked 12th in both polls.

Ten of the 12 MIAA football schools are scheduled to kick off the season on Thursday, Sept. 4 with Nebraska-Kearney traveling to Northwest Missouri in the MIAA Television Network game of the week.

2014 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (11)         121
2. Pittsburg State (1)                 106
3. Central Missouri                      94
4. Emporia State                         88
5. Missouri Western                    82
6. Washburn                               79
7. Missouri Southern                  67
8. Fort Hays State                      50
9. Lindenwood                           39
10. Central Oklahoma               26
11. Nebraska-Kearney              23
12. Northeastern State             17

2014 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (37)         466
2. Pittsburg State (1)                  422
3. Emporia State (1)                   353
4. Missouri Western                   348
5. Washburn                              306
6. Central Missouri                    285
7. Missouri Southern                 258
8. Fort Hays State                     191
9. Lindenwood                          142
10. Nebraska-Kearney              109
11. Central Oklahoma                 96
12. Northeastern State                66