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Fighting Tigers are favorites to win MSC West

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COLUMBIA, Ky. — Coming of its first Mid-South Conference title since 1997, Campbellsville University football is the favorite to win the MSC West Division officials announced on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The Tigers and Reinhardt (Ga.) both picked up 21 voting points and two first place votes to sit atop the MSC West preseason poll.

"This is just a preseason poll," said CU coach Perry Thomas. "We're glad our peers respect us enough to vote us high but we have a great deal of work to do in order to make it out of this 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 in the Top 5 on their way to making a trip to the NAIA Championship Series for the first time since 2001.

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 East Division foe and 11th-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) 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 division has three teams that went to the playoffs last year and finished in the Top 20," said Thomas. "Also, four teams have won or shared division titles over the past two seasons. This doesn't even include Bethel who won 5-of-6 and Cumberland University, a team that beat us last year. We have some big shoes have to be filled on both sides of the ball before we can begin dreaming about being West Division Champs."

East Division

Georgetown (Ky.) is the near-unanimous pick to win the Mid-South Conference East Division in 2015 after receiving 25 voting points and six first-place votes.

Georgetown finished second last season in the East en route to earning a berth into the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Tigers have won five East Division titles and a Mid-South-best 18 conference crowns.

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.

Coaches only voted within their division and were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll. Campbellsville opens the 2015 season on Thursday, Aug. 27, as the Tigers host University of the Cumberlands at 7 p.m.

 



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

   


Fighting Tigers rank No. 16 in preseason poll

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Football season is on the horizon and Campbellsville University continues in the NAIA Top 20 after finishing the 2014 season ranked No. 15. The Fighting Tigers dropped one spot from last year and will start the 2015 season at No. 16 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll.

The Tigers picked up 136 voting points from the national raters who are made up of a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.

For the first time since the NAIA moved to one division in 1997, two teams enter the season tied atop the rankings. Defending national champion Southern Oregon and national runner-up Marian (Ind.) share the post, with the Raiders grabbing eight first-place votes and 304 points, while the Knights collected five first-place votes and 304 points.

Southern Oregon enters the year looking to build off a historical 2014 campaign that concluded with the Raiders winning their first-ever NAIA national title. Prior to last season, Southern Oregon had never advanced past the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Series.

Morningside (Iowa) checks in at No. 3 with 289 total points, while Carroll and Saint Xavier are tied at No. 4 with 277 points, respectively. The Fighting Saints, who were picked as the favorite to win the Frontier Conference by the league's coaches, also gathered one first-place vote.

Mid-South Conference rival Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) cracked the Top 10 with a No. 7 ranking, picking up 240 points. Faulkner (Ala.), which was crowned MSC West Division co-champs with Campbellsville in 2014, rounded out the Top 10 with 200 voting points.

Georgetown (Ky.) missed the Top 10 by two points, staying at No. 11 with 198 points.

Campbellsville is tabbed to win the MSC West Division, as Lindsey Wilson and Faulkner were picked by conference coaches to finish in a tie for third. Georgetown is the favorite to win the MSC East Division.

All 12 NAIA football conferences are represented in the preseason poll.

The first regular season Top 25 Poll will be announced Sept. 14.

Campbellsville kicks off its 2015 campaign at home under the lights against University of the Cumberlands. Kickoff is schedule for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 27 at Finley Stadium.

Information from this release was made available by Alan Grosbach, NAIA manager of communication and sports information.