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  • Preseason Top 25 Poll

    Last year I did a preseason top 25 poll about 2 days before the AFCA poll. We both had Minnesota State and Ferris State in our poll in almost exactly the same places but neither AFCA or myself had Valdosta or Notre Dame.

    I got crazy heat from IUP fans for daring to rank them 16th.....they didn't make the playoffs. Also got heat from both RMAC fans on here due to my east coast bias. Which is true I am on the east coast, of KANSAS.

    This poll is based on who I think the better team is regardless of region or conference.
    I put a lot of weight on top returning starters because I don't have enough time to dig deep into every teams news and roster. I admittedly did a very poor job looking to see who was lost on the defensive side of the ball.
    Notes are up on why I put the top 12 where I did. After that I ran out of time and energy.
    I am only as good as the rosters and stats on YOUR teams homepage. If anything I say is incorrect as far as returning players or leading statistical players blame your SID

    So without further ado, making no apologies and moving forward with my general lack of football knowledge from my armchair filled with chip crumbs and surrounded by bourbon glasses here is the preseason top 25 poll.

    1. Valdosta State: Won it last year and return QB and RB
    2. MN State: They are always a tough hard nosed team and as Josh Buchanan wrote in another thread they have (2) players on the NFL radar
    3. Ferris State: Lost in a classic title game last year will come back with returning players and hungry
    4. Tarleton State: 3 NFL prospects including 2 at offensive skill positions. Add to that a SR QB in an offensive minded league and you have a team that will be a tough out
    5. Notre Dame: a huge surprise last year, now knows what it takes to survive and advance. Return top 2 RB's and QB
    6: Ouchita Baptist: Very similar to Notre Dame. Coin flip put them at 6 and ND at 5. Plus OBU lost leading rusher but returns 2nd and 3rd in a running back by committee offense
    7:Texas A&M Commerce: Yes I know their preseason conference poll has them in 3rd in their own league and I give ZERO bourbons about that. They return a qb into a big offense. This same QB
    replaced a great qb and led Commerce to the regional semifinals last year. Plus I think Midwestern loses too much.
    8: Indianapolis: Hard to argue against a team that hasn't lost a conference game since 2016 and brings back leading rushers. Needs to replace QB and find out how to deal with new conference
    member Lindenwood formerly of the MIAA
    9. Northwest Missouri : They had a "terrible" year last year floundering to a 10-3 record before losing to eventual national runner up Ferris State. MIAA has a chance to be incestuously brutal this year
    and NW looks like the cream of the crop.
    10. Lenoir Rhyne -always there and bring back most of their offense. Their gimmick offense works well until they run into a team that is just way more athletic - See Valdosta game last year
    11. Fort Hays State: Solid team, great coach but until they can get over the playoff jitters and losing one game they shouldn't in conference it's hard to rank them any higher.
    12: CSU Pueblo: Great D but easy to look great on D in a conference full of pillow fighters. Looks like a new QB this year who will be a QB with NFL bloodlines. Also need to replace leading rusher.
    13. Minnesota Duluth
    1
    4. Ashland
    15: West Georgia
    16: Slippery Rock
    17:Ohio Dominican - I just think they have a lot to play for
    18. Hillsdale
    19. Bowie State
    20. University Central Oklahoma
    21. Winona State
    22. Harding
    23. Grand Valley
    24. Colorado School of Mines
    25. Sioux Falls

    Others receiving votes in my head from various sips of bourbon: Lindenwood, University Central Missouri, Midwestern State (watch they will win it all since I dogged on them), Saginaw State, West Chester, Bemidji State (penalty points for being hard to spell), Florida Tech, West Alabama

    89. IUP.
    Last edited by Wallst; 08-19-2019, 03:08 PM.

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    Re: Preseason Top 25 Poll

    what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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      Re: Preseason Top 25 Poll

      Giving the NSIC some lovin!!!

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        Re: Preseason Top 25 Poll

        Last edited by Predatory Primates; 08-20-2019, 01:31 PM.

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              • #8
                "12: CSU Pueblo: Great D but easy to look great on D in a conference full of pillow fighters. Looks like a new QB this year who will be a QB with NFL bloodlines. Also need to replace leading rusher."

                Not sure why you wouldn't reach out for, or look up info, before typing up a bunch of rather incorrect information. That same D held Commerce to something like 8 first downs and 6 points in the game last year and Mankato didn't exactly have their way with them the last 2 years. The Pueblo offense has been what hampered them, the defense was as good as there's been in D2 of late The new QB is very likely not going to be Kitna, I expect Gunnar Lamphere to be the starter. RB position at Pueblo is always loaded, this season is no different. Two transfers, a couple of very solid returning players, and some young guys will all be fighting to see the field. A very legit D1 transfer at WR should make for some interesting match-ups. It will all come down to QB play for Pueblo.

                How does Commerce return a QB into a big offense but the Pueblo D isn't for real? :foot-in-mouth:
                Last edited by Turbonium; 08-22-2019, 03:22 PM.

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                • #9
                  Purple Mavs gonna win it all, imo

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Turbonium View Post
                    "12: CSU Pueblo: Great D but easy to look great on D in a conference full of pillow fighters. Looks like a new QB this year who will be a QB with NFL bloodlines. Also need to replace leading rusher."

                    Not sure why you wouldn't reach out for, or look up info, before typing up a bunch of rather incorrect information. That same D held Commerce to something like 8 first downs and 6 points in the game last year and Mankato didn't exactly have their way with them the last 2 years. The Pueblo offense has been what hampered them, the defense was as good as there's been in D2 of late The new QB is very likely not going to be Kitna, I expect Gunnar Lamphere to be the starter. RB position at Pueblo is always loaded, this season is no different. Two transfers, a couple of very solid returning players, and some young guys will all be fighting to see the field. A very legit D1 transfer at WR should make for some interesting match-ups. It will all come down to QB play for Pueblo.

                    How does Commerce return a QB into a big offense but the Pueblo D isn't for real? :foot-in-mouth:

                    I said you have a great D but have to find a QB and replace your leading rusher which goes hand in hand with your offense being what has hampered your team in the past and what I see hampering them in the future.

                    Next year I will rank you 13th so I don't have to do a description. ;)

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                      Originally posted by Predatory Primates View Post
                      Re: Preseason Top 25 Poll

                      what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
                      Flattery will get you somewhere with me Pred!

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                      • #12
                        It's not uncommon for a team that lost the title game to come back and win it the following season. And that's why I think Ferris State will win it all this year.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Wallst View Post


                          I said you have a great D but have to find a QB and replace your leading rusher which goes hand in hand with your offense being what has hampered your team in the past and what I see hampering them in the future.

                          Next year I will rank you 13th so I don't have to do a description. ;)
                          No, you gave them a clear backhanded compliment. Finding a new QB will do anything but hamper the offense (lol) and Pueblo is nearly always a RB by committee type team, their most talented and deepest position since they brought the program back in my opinion.

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                            Boom! lol
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                              Originally posted by Shugley View Post
                              Boom! lol
                              Well, maybe DSU will help GV's SOS. Though they are out of region.

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