WICHITA, Kan. — Southwestern College took the top spot in the 2022 KCAC Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll, while Kansas Wesleyan University was ranked No. 1 in the 2022 KCAC Football Preseason Media Poll, the conference office announced Thursday. This year’s Football Media Day was conducted virtually and was broadcast on the KCAC’s Facebook page. All KCAC Media Days are presented by IMA Financial Group and Dissinger Reed.

The Moundbuilders, last season’s conference co-champion alongside Kansas Wesleyan and Bethel, took the top spot in the coaches’ poll with 87 total points and six first-place votes. The Coyotes were not far behind, with 83 total points and four first-place votes. Avila University was ranked third by the coaches, with 72 total points. Rounding out the top four in this poll were the Threshers, with 68 total points.

The same four teams were ranked in the Top 4 of the Preseason Media Poll, albeit in a different order. The Coyotes took the top spot in this poll, edging out Southwestern by only one point, accumulating 206 total points and earning eight first-place votes. The Moundbuilders earned 205 total points from members of the media, which included ten first-place votes. Bethel and Avila finished third and fourth, respectively, in the media poll, with the Threshers tallying 175 total points and one first-place vote, while the Eagles earned 171 total points and the final first-place vote from the media.

2022 KCAC FOOTBALL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

RANKINGINSTITUTIONPOINTS (FIRST PLACE VOTES)1Southwestern College87 (6)2Kansas Wesleyan University83 (4)3Avila University724Bethel College685McPherson College546Ottawa University427Friends University41T8Sterling College35T8University of Saint Mary3510Tabor College2211Bethany College11

2022 KCAC FOOTBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

RANKINGINSTITUTIONPOINTS (FIRST PLACE VOTES)1Kansas Wesleyan University206 (8)2Southwestern College205 (10)3Bethel College175 (1)4Avila University171 (1)5McPherson College1206Ottawa University1057Friends University858Sterling College799University of Saint Mary7310Tabor College7011Bethany College31

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