Five Missouri Valley Football Teams Ranked in AFCA Coaches Poll

8-19-21

WACO, TEX. (Valley-Football.org) – Just three months after claiming their first national title, Sam Houston is the preseason No. 1 team in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Bearkats won a great national championship game, 23-21, over South Dakota State on May 16 and are now three weeks away from opening their title defense against Northern Arizona. Sam Houston received 18 first-place votes while No. 2 James Madison received nine.

Five Missouri Valley Football Conference teams are ranked in the Top 25 of the 2021 FCS AFCA Preseason Poll. North Dakota State (3), South Dakota State (4), North Dakota (7), Southern Illinois (10) and UNI (16) represent the MVFC in the initial poll of the season. Missouri State and Youngstown State each received votes.

Rank School (1st votes) Pts. Prev. Season Opener Head Coach
1 Sam Houston (18) 682 1 Sept. 2 Northern Arizona K.C. Keeler
2 James Madison (9) 667 3 Sept. 4 vs. Morehead St. Curt Cignetti
3 North Dakota St. 633 5 Sept. 4 vs. Albany Matt Entz
4 South Dakota St. (1) 620 2 Sept. 3 at Colorado St. John Stiegelmeier
5 Delaware 567 4 Sept. 2 at Maine Danny Rocco
6 Weber St. 552 8 Sept. 2 at Utah Jay Hill
7 North Dakota 475 6 Sept. 4 at Idaho St. Bubba Schweigert
8 Jacksonville St. 437 7 Sept. 1 vs. UAB John Grass
9 Montana 436 NR Sept. 4 at Washington Bobby Hauck
10 Southern Illinois 418 9 Sept. 2 at Southeast Missouri Nick Hill
11 Montana St. 383 NR Sept. 4 at Wyoming Brent Vigen
12 Monmouth (N.J.) 382 10 Sept. 4 at Middle Tennessee Kevin Callahan
13 Central Arkansas 363 NR Sept. 4 at Arkansas St. Nathan Brown
14 Eastern Washington 287 11 Sept. 2 at UNLV Aaron Best
15 Villanova 284 18 Sept. 4 at Lehigh Mark Ferrante
16 Northern Iowa 268 NR Sept. 4 at Iowa St. Mark Farley
17 SE Louisiana 267 21 Sept. 4 vs. North Alabama Frank Scelfo
18 Chattanooga 204 NR Sept. 2 vs. No. 25 Austin Peay Rusty Wright
19 VMI 167 12 Sept. 4 vs. Davidson Scott Wachenheim
20 Kennesaw St. 165 15 Sept. 2 vs. Reinhardt Brian Bohannon
21 UC Davis 135 16 Sept. 2 at Tulsa Dan Hawkins
22 Richmond 104 14 Sept. 4 vs. Howard Russ Huesman
23 Nicholls 88 23 Sept. 4 at Memphis Tim Rebowe
24 North Carolina A&T 75 NR Sept. 4 at Furman Sam Washington
25 Austin Peay 65 NR Sept. 2 at No. 18 Chattanooga Scotty Walden

Others Receiving Votes: Murray St., 62; Missouri St., 39; Sacramento St., 39; New Hampshire, 31; Alabama A&M, 29; Samford, 18; Holy Cross, 16; Southern, 15; Alcorn St., 14; Florida A&M, 13; Stephen F. Austin, 11; East Tennessee St., 10; Jackson St., 10; Morehead St., 9; Princeton, 9; South Carolina St., 9; Furman, 7; Charleston Southern, 6; Youngstown St., 6; Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 5; Harvard, 4; Rhode Island, 4; Davidson, 3; Yale, 3; Sacred Heart, 2; Eastern Kentucky, 1; Norfolk St., 1.