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Lions ranked No. 1 nationally in AFCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

WACO – Following the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship in 2017, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is ranked No. 1 in the 2018 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Preseason Poll, as released Monday.

This is the first time the Lions have ever started the season in the No. 1 position. A&M-Commerce received 13 of the 33 first-place votes and edged out 2017 national runner-up West Florida for the top position. The Lions had a 14-1 record in the national championship season and carry Division II’s longest active winning streak at 10 games. A total of 43 letter winners and 14 starters – five on offense and nine on defense – return for the Lions.

Three Lion opponents for 2018 are in the top 25 or receiving votes. MSU Texas is ranked 11th, Colorado State-Pueblo is ranked 14th, and Eastern New Mexico is receiving votes.

A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 40 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll. This is A&M-Commerce’s 46th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.

In the polls recognized by Division II as the top rating system, the Lions have been recognized as a nationally ranked team 95 times since joining Division II in 1981. This is the second-ever Division II No. 1 ranking for the Lions, with the other coming after last year’s national championship victory.

Season tickets are available for the Lions’ six-game home schedule, which kicks off on Thursday, August 30 against Texas A&M-Kingsville in the annual battle for the Chennault Cup and Student Appreciation Night. General admission seating is available for $60 for the season, with limited chairback season tickets available for $80. Season tickets are available online at WeAreLionsTix.com or by calling Lion Sales and Service at (903) 468-8756.

All chairback season ticket holders are encouraged to consider philanthropic support of our 424 talented student-athletes with a gift to the Lion Champions Fund. For information on the LCF, please contact Taylor Phelps at (903) 886-5554.

2018 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll August 13, 2018

 

Rank School (1st votes) 2017 Rec. Pts. Prev. Rank*
1. A&M-COMMERCE (13) 14-1 748 1
2. West Florida (14) 11-4 721 2
3. Minnesota St. (2) 13-1 691 4
4. Indiana (Pa.) (2) 13-1 666 3
5. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) 11-1 591 8
Northwest Missouri St. (2) 9-3 591 16
7. Harding (Ark.) 11-4 550 6
8. Ferris St. (Mich.) 11-2 503 5
9. Central Washington 11-1 494 7
10. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 478 NR
11. MSU Texas 10-1 473 11
12. West Alabama 10-3 470 12
13. Indianapolis (Ind.) 11-1 402 13
14. Colorado St.-Pueblo 9-3 401 17
15. Ashland (Ohio) 11-2 350 10
16. Shepherd (W.Va.) 10-1 332 14
17. Assumption (Mass.) 11-2 292 9
18. Central Missouri 9-3 209 NR
19. West Georgia 9-4 196 19
20. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 9-3 158 20
21. Winona St. (Minn.) 10-2 134 15
22. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 8-3 118 NR
23. Ohio Dominican 7-3 105 NR
24. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 9-3 102 NR
25. Findlay (Ohio) 10-3 101 22

*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2017

Others Receiving Votes: California (Pa.), 89; Delta St. (Miss.), 74; West Chester (Pa.), 74; Colorado Mesa, 66; Bowie St. (Md.), 60; Virginia St., 51; Minnesota-Duluth, 41; Albany St. (Ga.), 39; Florida Tech, 36; Colorado Mines, 34; Shippensburg (Pa.), 31; Tuskegee (Ala.), 26; Wingate (N.C.), 25; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 22; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 22; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 21; Notre Dame (Ohio), 18; Eastern New Mexico, 17; Edinboro (Pa.), 15; Missouri Western St., 14; Bloomsburg (Pa.), 13; Emporia St. (Kan.), 11; Central Oklahoma, 9; LIU Post (N.Y.), 8; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 8; Augustana (S.D.), 5; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 5; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 4; Catawba (N.C.), 3; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 3; Hillsdale (Mich.), 3; Southern Arkansas, 1; Washburn (Kan.), 1.

 

Josh Manck

Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications | Texas A&M University-Commerce