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COLUMBIA, Ky. — Reinhardt (Ga.) and Southeastern (Fla.) were selected to win their divisions while Cumberlands (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) tied in their division in the 2019 Mid-South …
COLUMBIA, Ky. — Reinhardt (Ga.) and Southeastern (Fla.) were selected to win their divisions while Cumberlands (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) tied in their division in the 2019 Mid-South Conference Football Preseason Coaches’ Polls, MSC officials announced on Friday.
Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson each received 42 voting points from the coaches within their eight-team division. Reinhardt and Southeastern each received 36 voting points from the coaches in their respective seven-team divisions.
Coaches voted only within their division and were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.
Bethel was picked third in the Bluegrass Division.
Reinhardt received six of the seven first-place votes to sit atop the Appalachian Division poll. The Eagles earned an NAIA Football Championship Series berth last season finishing with a 9-2 record. Reinhardt owns four divisional titles, including winning the Appalachian last season.
Bluefield (Va.) is second in the Appalachian preseason poll with 28 voting points. Point (Ga.) is third with 27 voting points, including the final first-place vote.
St. Andrews (N.C.) checks in at fourth in the poll with 20 voting points, followed by Union (Ky.) with 16 points. Kentucky Christian is sixth in the preseason poll with 12 voting points and Cincinnati Christian completes the Appalachian Division with eight voting points. The 2019 season marks the first season Kentucky Christian and Cincinnati Christian compete in the Appalachian follow this summer’s realignment.
Cumberlands along with Lindsey Wilson each earned 42 points in the poll and two first-place votes. The Patriots finished 5-1 in the Appalachian Division last season and made an appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series. Cumberlands along with Pikeville (Kentucky) moved into the Bluegrass Division after the realigning of the divisions. Lindsey Wilson finished the 2018 season with a 4-2 Bluegrass record and a 7-3 overall record.
Bethel earned 41 points in the poll and the remaining four first-place votes. The Wildcats captured their fifth division title last season and earned a berth in the NAIA Football Championship Series.
Georgetown (Ky.) is fourth in the poll with 35 voting points. Campbellsville (Kentucky) and Pikeville (Ky.) are fifth and sixth with 22 and 19 voting points, respectively. Cumberland is seventh in the poll with 16 points. Thomas More (Kentucky) - who joins the Mid-South as a full member in 2019-20 -- rounds out the Bluegrass Division with seven points.
Southeastern received six of the seven first-place votes to sit atop the Sun Division preseason poll. The Fire went 5-1 in the Sun Division last season and 7-3 overall. Ave Maria (Fla.) is second in the polling with 30 voting points and the final first-place vote.
Last season Southeastern and Ave Maria were co-champions in the Sun Division.
Keiser (Fla.) checks in at third in the poll with 27 voting points followed by Faulkner (Fla.) with 19 points.
Webber International (Fla.) is fifth in the poll with 16 voting points while Warner (Fla.) is sixth with 12 points. First-year program St. Thomas (Fla.) completes the Sun Division with seven voting points.
The 2019 season begins Saturday, Aug. 24 when Reinhardt hosts Webber International, with a full schedule beginning Aug 29.