Dickinson State Ranked 21st in 2016 NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll

Dickinson State Ranked 21st in 2016 NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll

DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Football team has been tabbed 21st in the 2016 NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, released Monday by the NAIA.

The Blue Hawks are coming off a 8-3 overall record in 2015 after winning the North Star Athletic Association (5-1 record) and reaching the NAIA playoffs.

Dickinson State opens their 2016 season when they face off with the University of Montana- Western on Saturday, August 27th at 6:00 PM (MDT) in Miles City, MT.

The Blue Hawks have their first home game at the Biesiot Activities Center on Saturday, September 3rd at 2:00 PM (MDT) when they host Valley City State University in a non-conference game.

Dickinson State will also play at home on September 10th vs Northwestern College (IA) at 1:00 PM, September 24th vs Presentation College at 1:00 PM, October 15th vs the University of Jamestown (Homecoming) at 1:00 PM and October 22nd vs Dakota State University at 1:00 PM.

This year the Blue Hawks travel to Valley City State University on October 1st, Waldorf University on October 8th, Black Hills State University on October 29th, Mayville State University on November 5th and finish the regular season at the University of Jamestown on November 11th.

2016 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Preseason (August 8)

RANK

LAST TIME^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2015 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Marian (Ind.) (14)

12-2

314

2

2

Southern Oregon

11-3

302

3

3

Morningside (Iowa)

12-2

289

4

4

Saint Francis (Ind.)

11-1

276

5

5

Baker (Kan.)

11-2

267

6

6

Grand View (Iowa)

11-2

251

7

7

Montana Tech

10-2

247

8

8

Tabor (Kan.)

11-2

217

9

9

Doane (Neb.)

9-2

210

10

11

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

7-4

209

11

10

Reinhardt (Ga.)

9-2

202

12

13

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

8-3

177

13

14

Kansas Wesleyan

10-2

153

14

17

St. Francis (Ill.)

8-3

138

15

20

Benedictine (Kan.)

7-4

110

16

15

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)

9-2

107

17

12

Campbellsville (Ky.)

8-3

104

18

23

Georgetown (Ky.)

6-4

102

19

24

Faulkner (Ala.)

7-3

78

20

22

Arizona Christian

6-3

67

21

18

Dickinson State (N.D.)

8-3

60

22

NR

Carroll (Mont.)

4-6

59

23

25

William Penn (Iowa)

7-4

54

24

21

St. Ambrose (Iowa)

8-2

52

25

16

Montana Western

7-3

43


Others Receiving Votes: Eastern Oregon 24; Concordia (Neb.) 18; Southeastern (Fla.) 14; Webber International (Fla.) 11; Point (Ga.) 6; Robert Morris (Ill.) 5; Sterling (Kan.) 4; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 4; Ottawa (Kan.) 3; Missouri Valley 3.