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Scots face tough challenge in CSFL race

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FRISCO, Texas – No. 19-ranked Langston University was voted as the top team in the 2015 Central States Football League (CSFL) preseason poll, which marks the third consecutive season the Lions have been favored as the No. 1 team in the league's preseason poll. Langston received a total of 60 votes, including 12 first place votes. The poll is comprised of the league's coaches and sports information directors.

Lyon College, which is playing its first intercollegiate games since 1951, and Arizona Christian University will be both full members of the CSFL for the first time. ACU started its football program a year ago, but joins Lyon as a newcomer this season.

Langston was eight points ahead of second-ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Tex.), who received 52 total points and a pair of first place votes. Bacone College sewed up third place with 37 points, as only one point separated Arizona Christian University and Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), who finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Lyon College (Ark.) received 19 points to rank them in the sixth spot and Texas College rounded out the poll as the number seven team with 17 points. 

During the 2015 season, seven teams will compete for the CSFL title, including three teams from Texas, two schools from Oklahoma and one university out of Arizona. The CSFL is comprised of Arizona Christian University, Bacone College, Langston University, Lyon College (Ark.), Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Tex.), Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), and Texas College.

Lyon will play three nationally-ranked teams this season, starting the year with a pair of home games against No. 24 Tabor College (Aug. 29, 1 p.m.) and No. 7 Lindsey Wilson College (Sept. 5, 1 p.m.). The Scots open CSFL play on October 3 at home against Bacone College at 2 p.m.

2015 CSFL Preseason Poll

Rank. School Points (1st pl. votes)
1. Langston University (Okla.)

60 (12)

2. Southwest Assemblies of God (Texas) 52 (2)
3. Bacone College (Okla.) 37
4. Arizona Christian University (Ariz.) 34
5. Wayland Baptist University (Texas) 33
6. Lyon College (Ark.) 19
7. Texas College (Texas) 17