Missouri Valley College

Viking Football Ranked No. 9 to Start Season

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2015 - 11:11 PM

Marshall, Mo. (August 10, 2015)- The Missouri Valley College football team is ranked No. 9 in the 2015 NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll released Monday.  The Vikings have now been ranked in 117 consecutive coaches' polls, the second longest active streak in the NAIA.


The Viking football program is coming off a 2014 season that included a 9-3 overall record, a fourth-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference championship and a fourth-straight appearance in theNAIA Football Championship Series.  Missouri Valley advanced to the quarterfinal round of the FCS for the third-straight year and finished No. 8 in the final 2014 coaches’ poll.


Last week, the Vikings were picked to finish second in the Heart of America Athletic Conference South Division, behind MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University.  Grand View (Iowa) University was picked to finish atop the conference’s North Division.  The Heart will be divided into two six-team divisions beginning with the 2015 season.


Other Heart teams ranked in the preseason poll include No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene, No. 15 Baker (Kan.) University and No. 25 Benedictine (Kan.) College.  New conference members Grand View (Iowa) University and William Penn (Iowa) University are ranked No. 6 and No. 19 respectively.


The Missouri Valley football team opened practice for the 2015 season Monday, and will play its first regular season game August 29, at home against William Penn at 6 p.m.