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BU Football Selected to Finish Third in South Division of Heart

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BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team was selected to finish in third place in the Southern Division of the Heart of America Athletic Conference announced today by the Heart coaches at the 2015 Heart Football Media Day inside the Holiday Inn Express in Olathe, Kansas.

The Wildcats earned 43 votes and one first place vote and are picked to finish behind first place MNU (49 votes) and second place Missouri Valley (46 votes).

This will mark the first season that the Heart will be broken up into two divisions the Northern and Southern.

New member Grand View was selected to win the Northern Division, while rival Benedictine was selected in second place.

Baker went 8-3 a year ago and ended the year ranked No. 16 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll. Baker has posted eight-straight winning seasons and is 105-78 since the 1998 season.

BU opens up the season at No. 6 ranked Grand View on Saturday, Aug. 29 in Des Moines, Iowa at 11 a.m. in the Vikings’ first-ever Heart of America Athletic Conference game in school history.

The game will be broadcast on KSMO-TV in Kansas City on worldwide on ESPN 3 via Niles Media.

2015 Heart Preseason Coaches Poll

Southern Division

1. MNU (4 first-place votes, 49 points)
2. Missouri Valley (1 first-place vote, 46 points)
3. Baker (1 first-place vote, 43 points)
4. Evangel (37 points)
5. Central Methodist (35 points)
6. Avila (30 points)

Northern Division

1. Grand View (4 first-place votes, 49 points)
2. Benedictine (1 first-place vote, 45 points)
3. William Penn (1 first-place vote, 44 points)
4. Graceland (36 points)
5. Peru State (34 points)
6. Culver-Stockton (32 points)


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The Wildcats received 138 total points in the poll and is joined by five other members of the Heart in the Top 25 poll including, No. 6 ranked Grand View, No. 8 MNU, No. 9 Missouri Valley, No. 19 William Penn and No. 25 Benedictine.

Baker opens up the 2015 season at No. 6 Grand View on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.

This marks the first game in program history, the Vikings will play in a Heart of America Athletic Conference game. The game will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN 3 and KSMO-TV in Kansas City. To view on ESPN 3, please click here.

Grand View went 10-2 a year ago with both losses coming to Marian (Ind.), the final in the NAIA FCS Playoffs, 34-6.

While Baker went 8-3 a year ago, but captured its first Heart Championship in 2013 since the 1993 season.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Southern Oregon is making its third all-time No. 1 appearance, while Marian (Ind.) its 10 … The Raiders were also ranked No. 1 in the 2015 Spring Poll and the 2014 Postseason Poll … Marian’s last No. 1 ranking came on April 18, 2013 – the 2013 Spring Poll … There were 38 different programs ranked in 2014 … Carroll (Mont.), Grand View (Iowa), Morningside (Iowa) and Southern Oregon all ranked No. 1 at least one time last season … Carroll owns the most top-billings with 58, followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (17) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) … With the 186-straight Top 25 streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped in mid-October last year, Carroll owns the active lead with 182 … Missouri Valley is next with 117-straight mentions, followed by Morningside (100) and Saint Xavier (90) … Morningside holds the longest active streak of top 10 rankings, having been listed among the top 10 teams for 49-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.