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McKENZIE — The Bethel Wildcats are ranked No. 11 in the College Football America Yearbook 2019 NAIA preseason Top 30. The poll was released Monday. The Wildcats, under the guidance of new Head …
McKENZIE — The Bethel Wildcats are ranked No. 11 in the College Football America Yearbook 2019 NAIA preseason Top 30. The poll was released Monday.
The Wildcats, under the guidance of new Head Football Coach Michael Jasper, play five home games and six road game this fall. The Wildcats will meet four teams for the first time in program history.
The Cats open the season on the road on Thursday, August 29 at FCS and first-time opponent Lamar University. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. in Beaumont, Texas.
Second-week action will find the Cats visiting Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia for an MSC affair at 5 p.m.
Bethel plays four of their first six games on the road.
Bethel’s first home game will be a conference game against Warner University on September 14 with kick-off slated for 1:30 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium. It will mark the first meeting ever between the two programs.
After an open week the Cats hit the road again traveling to West Point, Georgia to battle the Point University SkyHawks at 12:30 p.m. It will be the first meeting ever between the Cats and the Hawks.
Another Thursday night game awaits the Wildcats as they host MSC Bluegrass Divisional foe Lindsey Wilson on October 3. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Williamsburg, Kentucky will find the Wildcats in a MSC match-up against the Patriots of the University of the Cumberlands on October 12 with kick-off at 12:30 p.m.
The Wildcats jump back into MSC Divisional action hosting the Tigers of Georgetown on October 19. Kick-off at Wildcat Stadium will be at 1:30 p.m.
The Wildcats travel to Lebanon, Tennessee on October 26 to meet the Cumberland Phoenix. It will be the 30th meeting between the two programs.
The Wildcats have met CU more than any other opponent in program history.
Another first-time opponent will come calling on November 2 as the Thomas More Saints will tangle with the Cats in another Bluegrass Divisional showdown beginning at 1:30 p.m. It will be Homecoming for the Wildcats.
The Cats travel to the Eastern Mountains of Kentucky to play the always tough Bears of the University of Pikeville on November 9 at 5 p.m.
Campbellsville University and Bethel will close out the regular season with a Bluegrass match-up at Wildcat Stadium on November 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Bethel finished 10-1 last year. It was the first undefeated regular season in Bethel football history.
Kansas Wesleyan, which reached the national semifinals a year ago, is No. 1.
Benedictine (KS), the team that eliminated Kansas Wesleyan in the semifinals, is No. 2. Benedictine lost to Morningside in the NAIA Championship Game.
Saint Xavier, which reached the quarterfinals, is No. 3, while defending champion Morningside checks in at No. 4. Concordia (MI) rounds out the preseason Top 5.
Former national champions Marian and Saint Francis (IN) are No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Baker, a national finalist in 2016, is No. 8, followed by Reinhardt at No. 9 and Dickinson State at No. 10.
The 2019 College Football America Yearbook features more than 930 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages.
That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFAY staff.