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Football No. 1 in National Poll
American Football Coaches Association poll ranks the Mavericks No. 1 in its preseason rankings.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletic Communications Announcement, 8-17-2015
Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato football team is ranked No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association Preseason Poll.
The Mavericks, who finished the 2014 season with a 14-1 record, claimed the top ranking in NCAA Division II after receiving nine first-place votes and 751 points. CSU-Pueblo followed in second place with 747 points and 16 first-place nods.
NSIC rivals Minnesota Duluth and Sioux Falls each appeared in the top-25 as well. UMD came in at No. 3 with 648 points, while USF claimed the 17th spot with 277 points. St. Cloud State received votes as well.
Minnesota State Mankato is also ranked first in the nation in the Lindy's Sports preseason poll.
Minnesota State Mankato opens it season at Blakeslee Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 3 as it takes on Minnesota Duluth. The opening kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be distributed on ESPN3.