RiverHawks picked 10th by coaches, 11th by media

Byron Beers | Daily Press

Northeastern State head coach J.J. Eckert looks on during a fall camp practice in 2019.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) head football coaches predict Northeastern State will finish tied for tenth. At the same time, the media picked them 11th with the release Tuesday morning of its preseason polls. The release on Tuesday is in conjunction with the association's Media Day at the Kansas City Convention Center's Little Theater in Kansas City, Mo.

NSU received 24 points in the coaches' poll, an increase of one point from the 2019 poll, and is tied with Missouri Southern. The RiverHawks had 25 points in the media poll and are slotted in the same position they received in 2019.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no 2020 preseason poll, with most teams in the MIAA not participating in regular-season action.

In the coaches poll, Northwest Missouri earned 120 points and the majority of the first-place votes with ten for the top spot on the poll. Central Missouri and Fort Hays State received one first-place vote and 105 points apiece to tie for second. Nebraska Kearney claimed the fourth spot with 86 points and Missouri Western game in fifth with 71 points.

Washburn was tabbed sixth as Pittsburg State was seventh, and Emporia State was eighth. Central Oklahoma was selected in the ninth spot; Lincoln rounded out the poll finishing behind NSU and Missouri Southern.

The top three were the same in the media poll; Missouri Western was one point ahead of Nebraska Kearney for fifth. Pittsburg State is sixth, ahead of Washburn, Central Oklahoma, and Emporia State. Northeastern State is sandwiched between Missouri Southern and Lincoln in the poll.

Northeastern State opens its 2021 season on Saturday, Sept. 4, hosting Emporia State for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

2021 MIAA Football Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Northwest Missouri (10) - 120 points

T-2. Central Missouri (1) - 105 points

T-2. Fort Hays State (1) - 105 points

4. Nebraska Kearney - 86 points

5. Missouri Western - 71 points

6. Washburn - 69 points

7. Pittsburg State - 66 points

8. Emporia State - 55 points

9. Central Oklahoma - 52 points

T-10. Missouri Southern - 24 points

T-10. Northeastern State - 24 points

12. Lincoln - 15 points

Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

2021 MIAA Football Preseason Media Poll

1. Northwest Missouri (10) - 142 points

2. Central Missouri (1) - 124 points

3. Fort Hays State (1) - 120 points

4. Missouri Western - 99 points

5. Nebraska Kearney - 98 points

6. Pittsburg State - 91 points

7. Washburn - 70 points

8. Central Oklahoma - 62 points

9. Emporia State - 56 points

10. Missouri Southern - 33 points

11. Northeastern State - 25 points

12. Lincoln - 16 points

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