Coaches vote Morningside football as the top team in the GPAC


After a 15-0 season, ending as the top team in NAIA football, it appears that the GPAC coaches agree that Morningside will be the top team in the conference heading into the 2019 campaign.

As all ten team’s coaches gathered in South Sioux on Tuesday morning, the coaches and media both voted to see who would be the top team in the conference, with coaches not being allowed to vote for their own team. Here are the results:

2019 GPAC Preseason Football Coaches’ Poll:

Place     Team                    Pts (1st Place Votes)
1.             Morningside                         81  (9)

2.             Northwestern                       73  (1)

3.             Dordt                                      62

4.             Midland                                58

5.             Briar Cliff                               46

6.             Doane                                    41

7.             Hastings                                34

8.             Concordia                             22

9.             Dakota Wesleyan                18

10.          Jamestown                           15

For the seventh 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 119 points and 11 first place votes, while Northwestern second with 109 points and one first place vote. Dordt was picked third with 87 points and Midland fourth by the GPAC media with 84 points.

2019 GPAC Preseason Football Media Poll:

Place     Team                     Pts (1st Place Votes)
1.             Morningside                         119  (11)

2.             Northwestern                       109  (1)

3.             Dordt                                      87

4.             Midland                                84

5.             Briar Cliff                               66

6.             Doane                                    64

7.             Hastings                                48

8.             Concordia                             35

9.             Dakota Wesleyan                24

10.          Jamestown                           23

Games for the 2019 season kick off on Thursday, August 29, with Dakota Wesleyan traveling to Dakota State at 7 PM. Also in action on opening weekend are Doane (vs. Ottawa University – Arizona), Jamestown (at Valley City State) and Dordt (vs. Keiser University) all in non-conference play.  The GPAC schedule will consist of nine games in the conference.  League games will begin on September 7th and 14th.

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