Oklahoma scene: RiverHawks, Bronchos picked low in football poll
Northeastern State is picked by coaches to finish ninth in the 15-team Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Central Oklahoma is tabbed for 12th.
Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma were selected by football coaches to finish in the bottom half of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The former Lone Star Conference schools become official members of the MIAA this season after playing 2011 as NCAA Division II independents.
Northeastern State, which finished 7-5 last season, was chosen to finish ninth in the 15-team league; UCO was tabbed for 12th place. The Bronchos were 2-9 last season and will rebuild this fall under first-year coach Nick Bobeck.
Defending national champion Pittsburg State (Kan.) received 12 of 15 possible first-place votes and is favored to win the conference. Northwest Missouri State, which received two first-place votes, is No. 2. Missouri Western picked up the remaining first-place tally and is projected to finish third.
Pitt State opens its season Thursday, Aug. 30, against Northeastern State in Tahlequah. Central begins its season the same night, hosting league-rival Missouri Southern at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. Missouri Southern was picked to finish 10th in the MIAA.
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