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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