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Football picked to finish tied for third in MSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Contributed by admin on Aug 21, 2015 - 12:00 AM
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COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson football team has been picked to finish tied for third in the Mid-South Conference West Division Preseason Coaches' Poll, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

The Blue Raiders received 17 total voting points from the head coaches within the West Division. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

Also tied for third place is Faulkner (Ala.) with 17 voting points and one first-place vote.

Campbellsville (Ky.) and Reinhardt (Ga.) are the favorites atop the preseason poll with 21 voting points and two first-place votes apiece. Tied for fifth in the poll is Bethel (Tenn.) and Cumberland (Tenn.) with seven voting points each.

Campbellsville and Faulkner shared the West Division title in 2014 as Reinhardt finished one game behind.

Lindsey Wilson captured the 2014 MSC East Division title with a perfect 6-0 record. The Blue Raiders move back to the West Division for the 2015 season as former affiliate member Belhaven (Miss.) departed from the MSC. Each division now has six teams.

Lindsey Wilson, Faulkner and Campbellsville were all ranked in the 2015 NAIA Spring Coaches' Poll, with the Blue Raiders garnering the highest ranking at No. 7.

In the East Division, Georgetown has been picked as the favorite with 25 points and five first-place votes.

Last season, the Blue Raiders posted a 10-3 record while capturing the first conference title in program history. Lindsey Wilson won their first NAIA Football Championships Series game in their first postseason appearance, advancing to the national quarterfinals.

The 2015 season kicks off for the Blue Raiders on Sept. 5 with a road contest in Batesville, Ark., against Lyon (Ark.) College.


Football ranked No. 7 in NAIA Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Contributed by admin on Aug 21, 2015 - 12:01 AM
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COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson football team is ranked No. 7 in the 2015 NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, released on Monday by the national office.

The No. 7 position is the highest preseason ranking in program history, surpassing the No. 18 preseason ranking the Blue Raiders received prior to the start of the 2014 campaign.

Lindsey Wilson received 240 total voting points from the panel of national raters.

The Blue Raiders are coming off a 2014 season in which they claimed the Mid-South Conference East Division title and advanced to the NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals.

Southern Oregon and Marian (Ind.) are tied atop the poll each with 304 points. Southern Oregon received eight first-place votes while Marian garnered five. Morningside (Iowa) is third with 289 points while Saint Xavier (Ill.) and Carroll (Mont.) are tied for fourth with 277 points, Carroll garnering one first-place vote. Grand View (Iowa) is the final team ranked ahead of the Blue Raiders at No. 6 with 254 points.

Lindsey Wilson is the top team from either Mid-South Conference Division ranked in the poll, beating out No. 10 Faulkner (Ala.), No. 11 Georgetown (Ky.) and No. 16 Campbellsville (Ky.).

The Blue Raiders open the 2015 season on the road at Lyon (Ark.) on Sept. 5.