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GPAC Football Poll Released

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(Friday, August 7; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Great Plains Athletic Conference pre-season coaches’ poll has been released for the 2015 season.

The Dordt College Defenders, who open the season on Saturday, September 5 in a non-conference game against Dakota State at Madison, South Dakota, were voted tenth in the poll.

Coach Greg Youngblood’s Media Day comments

The Defenders will open the GPAC season at home on Saturday, September 12 against Northwestern at 6:00.  The Dordt schedule includes six home games and a second non-conference game against Trinity Bible (North Dakota) on October 10.

Morningside took nine first place votes in the voting and with 81 points is the pre-season pick to repeat as regular season champions.

Here is the complete 2015 GPAC Pre-season Football Coaches’ Poll:
1-Morningside-81 (9)
2-Northwestern-73 (1)
3- Doane 65
4- Dakota Wesleyan 51
5- Hastings 48
6- Concordia 46
7- Nebraska Wesleyan 27
8- Midland 25
9- Briar Cliff 24
10-Dordt 9

Points are awarded on a 9-1 basis (first place vote worth nine points) and coaches are not allowed to vote for their team.

Games for the 2015 season kick off on Saturday, August 29 with Briar Cliff traveling to Benedictine (Kansas) in non-conference play.  The GPAC schedule will consist of nine games with one bye week in the conference.  League games begin September 12.

2014 Standings:
Morningside   8-1/ 11-2
Northwestern  8-1/9-2
Doane   7-2/7-3
Dakota Wesleyan 5-4/7-4
Hastings  5-4/6-4
Concordia  4-5/5-6
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-5/4-6
Briar Cliff  2-7/2-9
Dordt    1-8/2-9
Midland  1-8/2-8