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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Southern Arkansas, which ended 2020 on a 16-game winning streak, is the No. 1 team in the 2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll. The Muleriders collected all 16 first-place votes and 400 points to start the season atop the rankings.

Southern Arkansas was picked unanimously as the Great American Conference (GAC) preseason favorites, earning the preseason No. 1 nod for the fifth consecutive year. The Muleriders posted a 22-2 mark, including a perfect 12-0 mark in GAC play.

North Georgia, 2019 national champion Augustana, UT Tyler and Angelo State follow at No. 2 through No. 5, respectively. The No. 2 NightHawks (23-4) ended 2020 with Division II’s top ERA at 0.88 and the Vikings (16-3) captured seven straight victories to cap off their season. 

The fourth-ranked Patriots (17-3), fifth-ranked Rambelles (19-6) and No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce (16-7) make up three of the five Lone Star Conference (LSC) programs. They are also joined by No. 13 and LSC preseason favorites Oklahoma Christian (21-5) and No. 19 Lubbock Christian (20-6).

UNG’s Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rival Young Harris (19-3) comes in at No. 6, while a duo from the Sunshine State Conference – Saint Leo (23-7) and Rollins (21-3) – rank seventh and eighth. Tenth-ranked Trevecca Nazarene (15-3), out of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, rounds out the top 10.

Following the LSC is the Sunshine State Conference with three ranked programs – Saint Leo, Rollins and No. 24 Tampa (19-9). The Gulf South Conference – No. 12 Valdosta State (18-5), No. 20 University of Alabama in Huntsville (15-8) -, Great Lakes Valley Conference – No. 17 South Indiana (15-4) and No. 21 Indianapolis (14-5) -, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Augustana and No. 15 Winona State (13-7) –, and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) – No. 16 Lenoir-Rhyne (20-4) and No. 22 Lincoln Memorial (16-5) - each had two programs represented. In the SAC, the Bears (20-4) were tabbed the preseason favorites, while the Railsplitters (16-5) were picked second.

No. 11 Concordia Irvine (PacWest Conference), No. 14 Saint Anselm (Northeast-10 Conference), No. 18 Rogers State (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association), No. 23 West Chester (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) and No. 25 Grand Valley State (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) round out the top-25 rankings.

The 2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. In 2021, universities that are not competing will not be eligible for the poll.  

2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll
January 27 (Preseason)

Rank

School

Points

2020 Final Record

2020 Final Ranking

1

Southern Arkansas (16)

400

22-2

1

2

North Georgia

381

23-4

3

3

Augustana

358

16-3

4

4

UT Tyler

354

17-3

5

5

Angelo State

318

19-6

7

6

Young Harris

314

19-3

6

7

Saint Leo

312

23-7

8

8

Rollins

280

21-3

9

9

Texas A&M-Commerce

260

16-7

10

10

Trevecca Nazarene

258

15-3

11

11

Concordia Irvine

238

17-5

13

12

Valdosta State

196

18-5

15

13

Oklahoma Christian

179

21-5

16

14

Saint Anselm

168

16-4

12

15

Winona State

166

13-7

NR

16

Lenoir-Rhyne

164

20-4

21

17

Southern Indiana

141

15-4

19

18

Rogers State

136

21-8

17

19

Lubbock Christian

109

20-6

18

20

UAH

101

15-8

25

21

Indianapolis

86

14-5

RV

22

Lincoln Memorial

83

16-5

14

23

West Chester

66

12-3

NR

24

Tampa

38

19-9

RV

25

Grand Valley State

23

13-3

RV

Receiving Votes: Minnesota State (18), West Liberty (18), Francis Marion (9), Metropolitan State University of Denver (9), Biola (8), St. Cloud State (5), Central Oklahoma (2), Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2).

The 2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the NCAA’s eight regions. Programs that do not participate during the 2021 season will not be eligible for the poll.

2021 NFCA DII Top 25 Committee

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