In its first year as a member of the Central States Football League, Wayland Baptist University received 17 total votes to put the Pioneers in a tie for fourth place to start the 2013 season. The poll is comprised of the league’s coaches and sports information directors.
The Pioneers went 2-7 in their inaugural season in 2012, playing all of the teams that are current members of the CSFL with the exception of Oklahoma Baptist whose inaugural football season will be this year. WBU was 1-3 against CSFL teams in 2012, defeating Southwestern Assemblies of God 58-37 in the Pioneers’ final home game of the season.
Langston University (Langston, Okla.) was voted the CSFL team to beat in 2013, as the Lions received six of the nine first place votes in the 2013 CSFL Preseason Poll.
Langston tallied 38 total votes, giving them a seven-vote advantage over second place Bacone College (Muskogee, Okla.), who earned 31 votes. Texas College (Tyler) finished in third place with 18 votes, just one vote ahead of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Waxahachie) and Wayland who received 17 votes apiece to put them in a tie for fourth place. Oklahoma Baptist, who is returning to the gridiron in its first season of play since 1940, rounds out the six-team league with 14 votes.
Wayland will travel to Alamosa, Colo. for its first game of the season to take on Adams State University on September 6. The Pioneers first home game will be against Houston Baptist on September 14, and will start CSFL play on September 28 as they take on Texas College at home.
2013 CSFL Preseason Poll
Rank School Points (1st place votes)
1. Langston University 38 (6)
2. Bacone College 31 (3)
3. Texas College 18
4. Southwestern Assemblies of God 17
4. Wayland Baptist University 17
6. Oklahoma Baptist University 14