Power Poll: Northeastern State is No. 1 in Oklahoma small-college football

by Scott Munn Published: September 4, 2012
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All but one of Oklahoma's four-year small colleges lost last week, which does not hold up the state's reputation as good football country. Granted, Northeastern State hosted defending NCAA Division II champion Pittsburgh (Kan.) State, a club favored to win it all again this season. East Central faced Northwest Missouri State, a team that might challenge Pitt State for the national crown. And Southern Nazarene, which finished 9-3 and won the Central States Football League last fall, had an ugly debut to NCAA II football. The Crimson Storm gave up 63 points to Henderson State, a team selected by coaches to win the Great American Conference.

1. Northeastern State (0-1): For a while, hung with defending NCAA Division II champ Pittsburg (Kan) State.

2. East Central (0-1): Tigers will vent frustrations Saturday vs. Southern Nazarene.

3. Central Oklahoma (0-1): Missouri Southern won — but better team might have lost.

4. Southwestern State (0-1): Trying to win at Stephen F. Austin was not an easy assignment.

5. Southeastern State (1-0): Impressive rout vs. Texas A&M-Commerce.

6. Langston (0-1): Late turnover a killer at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

7. Southern Nazarene (0-1): Rugged welcome to Division II football.

8. Bacone (1-1): Pulling out a win at Arkansas Tech would've been impressive.

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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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