Northwest Missouri State atop MIAA preseason poll

Ahead of the 2015 college football season, Northwest Missouri State football coach Adam Dorrel didn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in his team saying they could go 7-4 ‘on paper.’ Even after going 15-0, winning the Division II national championship for the second time in three years and being placed atop the MIAA preseason polls, Dorrel isn’t guaranteeing anything.

Dorrel, who is entering his sixth season with the Bearcats, spoke with reporters at the MIAA Media Day on Tuesday and talked about how the team still has a lot of things to work on and they haven’t really found the right chemistry yet.

“I don’t know if we have all that stuff right now. I don’t know if we have chemistry. I hope we do. I think we’re trending that way,” Dorrel told News-Press Now. “Until adversity strikes … it’s kinda hard to tell you what the identity’s gonna be. I know what I want it to be, but it’s certainly not there yet by any means.”

The Bearcats have won at least 10 games the last five seasons and have won the MIAA each of the last three seasons. On Tuesday, they received 10 of the 12 first place votes in the Coaches Preseason Poll and all 39 first place votes in the Preseason Media Poll.

2016 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Northwest Missouri (10) 120

2. Central Missouri (1) 110

T3. Pittsburg State (1) 87

T3. Emporia State 87

5. Central Oklahoma 86

6. Fort Hays State 80

7. Missouri Western 62

8. Washburn 56

9. Northeastern State 31

10. Missouri Southern 27

11. Nebraska-Kearney 25

12. Lindenwood 21

2016 MIAA Preseason Media Poll

1. Northwest Missouri (39) 468

2. Central Missouri 392

3. Pittsburg State 349

4. Emporia State 325

5. Fort Hays State 316

6. Central Oklahoma 310

7. Missouri Western 264

8. Washburn 217

9. Lindenwood 132

10. Northeastern State 117

11. Missouri Southern 84

12. Nebraska-Kearney 68

The Bearcats open the season on the road against Emporia University on Sept. 1.

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