State college football power poll: East Central is No. 1

by Scott Munn Published: November 13, 2012
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With the exception of Northeastern A&M, which is expected to get a junior-college bowl invitation, another football season is basically in the books for the state's small schools. Bacone might have been the state's biggest surprise, finishing 7-4 and once earning a No. 23 rating by NAIA coaches. ... East Central benefitted from the late-season return of defensive end Armonty Bryant. ... Northeastern State and Northwestern State each won their last four games of the season to earn some respectability. ... Nick Bobeck will need time to turn around his Central Oklahoma Bronchos. ... This time last year, Southern Nazarene was fresh off winning the Central States Football League championship and preparing for its first NAIA playoff game in school history. No one said the move to NCAA Division II would be easy, SNU fans.

*1. East Central (6-5): Another late season surge. Started 2012 season No. 2 in the Power Poll

*2. Langston (6-4): Nice surprise. Started season No. 6

*3. Bacone (7-4): Cracked NAIA Top 25. Started season No. 9

*4. Northeastern State (4-7): Won last four games. Started season No. 1

*5. Southeastern State (4-6): Blew 14-point lead in finale. Started season No. 8

*6. Central Oklahoma (2-8): Consistently inconsistent. Started season No. 3

*7. Southwestern State (3-7): Running back Aaron Wilson was exciting. Started season No. 5

*8. Northwestern State (4-7): Quarterback Kyle Jech threw four interceptions in 433 attempts. Started season No. 7

*9. Panhandle State (4-6): An “OK” season for first-year coach Russell Gaskamp. Started season No. 10

*10. Southern Nazarene (2-9): Will not take long to rebound. Started season No. 5

by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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