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Northwestern Picked as 2012 Preseason GPAC Football Favorite
Football - Sun, Aug. 5, 2012

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) held their thirteenth annual football media day on Thursday, August 2, at the Country Inn and Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The day featured comments from all ten of the league's football coaches in preparation for the 2012 season.

One of the highlights of the day is the release of the preseason coaches' poll.  Northwestern is preseason pick to win the GPAC championship.  The Red Raiders totaled 78 points and six (6) first place votes.  Defending champion Morningside was picked second with 76 points and the final four (4) first place votes.  Hastings was third with 53 votes.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2012 GPAC Preseason Football Coaches' Poll:

Place

School

Points

First Place Votes

1.

Northwestern

78

6

2.

Morningside

76

4

3.

Hastings

53

 

4.

Dakota Wesleyan

51

 

5.

Doane

51

 

6.

Midland

51

 

7.

Nebraska Wesleyan

38

 

8.

Concordia

24

 

9.

Briar Cliff

16

 

10.

Dordt

12

 


New this year a media poll was conducted among those present at the press conference.  Morningside was tabbed in the media poll to win the GPAC with 76 points and five (5) first place votes, while Northwestern was two points back in second with 74 points and three (3) first place votes.  Doane was picked third by the GPAC media with 60 points.

Inaugural 2012 GPAC Media Poll

Place 

School

Points

First PlaceVotes

1.

Morningside

76

5

2.

Northwestern

74

3

3.

Doane

60

 

4.

Hastings

49

 

5.

Midland

47

 

6.

NebraskaWesleyan

45

 

7.

Dakota Wesleyan

34

 

8.

Concordia

31

 

9.

Briar Cliff

15

 

10.

Dordt

9

 


Games for the 2012 season kick off on Saturday, August 25, with Concordia hosting Benedictine (KS) in non-conference play.  The GPAC schedule will consist of nine games with week one (September 1) a bye week in the conference (except Doane vs. Briar Cliff).  The rest of the GPAC begin league play on September 8.

A complete GPAC Preseason Football Media Guide is available here:

2012 GPAC Football Media Guide

For a video replay from today's GPAC Media Day:

2012 GPAC Football Media Day Video on Livestream (Replay)

More Information:

GPAC Football Master Schedule for 2012:
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GPAC Football Record Book:
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NAIA Football Spring 2012 Top-25 Poll:
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