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As the Bowie State Bulldogs prepare to return to the football field after the CIAA opted to sit out the 2020 football season, they will be ranked 18th overall in the American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches Poll.

They are the only HBCU that appears on the poll with the Miles Golden Bears (15 votes), Virginia Union Panthers (6 votes), Fayetteville State Broncos (2 votes) and Virginia State Trojans (1 vote) each receiving votes but failing to make the list.

The Bulldogs have been on a dominant run in the CIAA appearing in four of the last five CIAA championship games winning each of the last two.

Also read: Bowie State odds on favorite to win CIAA in preseason conference poll

Bowie State enters the 2021 season as the favorite to win their third straight conference title led by reigning CIAA Offensive Player of the Year quarterback Ja’rome Johnson and CIAA Defensive Player of the Year Demetri Morsell.

BSU is looking to become the first team to win three consecutive CIAA championships since Hampton did it from 1992-1994.

They are coming off a 2019 season in which they finished the regular season with a 10-0 record going 7-0 in conference. It was the first time in school history the Bulldogs finished the regular season with an unbeaten record.

Bowie State will kick off the 2021 season on September 4 when the Bulldogs travel to face the MEAC’s Delaware State Hornets.

2021 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 16, 2021

Rank School (1st votes) 2019 Rec. Pts. 2019 Rank Season Opener Head Coach
1 West Florida (26) 13-2 698 1 Sept. 2 at McNeese (La.) Pete Shinnick
2 Minnesota St. (2) 14-1 673 2 Sept. 2 vs. Northern St. (S.D.) Todd Hoffner
3 Ferris St. (Mich.) 12-1 630 3 Sept. 2 vs. Findlay (Ohio) Tony Annese
4 Northwest Missouri St. (1) 12-2 575 7 Sept. 2 at No. 24 Fort Hays St. (Kan.) Rich Wright
5 Slippery Rock (Pa.) 13-1 544 6 Sept. 2 at Wayne St. (Mich.) Shawn Lutz
6t. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 13-1 540 4 Sept. 4 at Virginia St. Mike Jacobs
6t. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 10-1 540 5 Sept. 2 vs. Savannah St. (Ga.) Gary Goff
8 Texas A&M-Commerce 10-3 520 11 Sept. 2 at No. 13 Colorado St.-Pueblo David Bailiff
9 Notre Dame (Ohio) 12-2 501 10 Sept. 4 vs. Ashland (Ohio) Mickey Mental
10 Colorado School of Mines 12-1 423 8 Sept. 2 vs. Western Oregon Gregg Brandon
11 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 11-1 387 14 Sept. 2 vs. Oklahoma Baptist Todd Knight
12 Colorado St.-Pueblo 11-2 327 12 Sept. 2 vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce John Wristen
13 Central Missouri 11-2 323 13 Sept. 2 vs. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) Jim Svoboda
14 Indianapolis (Ind.) 9-2 261 17 Sept. 4 at Saint Xavier (Ill.) Chris Keevers
15 Shepherd (W.Va.) 10-3 256 22 Sept. 2 at Ohio Dominican Ernie McCook
16 Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 231 NR Sept. 2 vs. Edinboro (Pa.) Matt Mitchell
17 Indiana (Pa.) 10-2 220 21 Sept. 11 vs. No. 20 Kutztown (Pa.) Paul Tortorella
18 Bowie St. (Md.) 11-1 210 18 Sept. 4 at Delaware St. Damon Wilson
19 Tiffin (Ohio) 9-2 188 23 Sept. 4 at Marian (Ind.) Chris Reisert
20 Kutztown (Pa.) 11-2 144 16 Sept. 4 vs. Assumption (Mass.) Jim Clements
21 Lindenwood (Mo.) 9-4 134 25 Sept. 2 vs. Angelo St. (Texas) Jed Stugart
22 Harding (Ark.) 10-2 120 15 Sept. 4 vs. East Central (Okla.) Paul Simmons
23 Minnesota-Duluth 8-3 100 NR Sept. 2 at Upper Iowa Curt Wiese
24t. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 9-3 95 20 Sept. 2 vs. West Georgia Mike Clowney
24t. Wingate (N.C.) 10-2 95 16 Sept. 2 vs. Shaw (N.C.) Joe Reich

*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2019

Others Receiving Votes: Fort Hays St., 90; Tusculum (Tenn.), 52; Angelo St. (Texas), 49; Augustana (S.D.), 42; Ashland (Ohio), 38; West Chester (Pa.), 38; Delta St. (Miss.), 35; West Texas A&M, 26; Midwestern St. (Texas), 25; Bentley (Mass.), 24; Henderson St. (Ark.), 24; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 23; UT-Permian Basin (Texas), 23; Ohio Dominican, 20; Findlay (Ohio), 18; West Alabama, 18; California (Pa.), 17; Charleston (W.Va.), 16; Central Washington, 15; Miles (Ala.), 15; Truman St. (Mo.), 15; Oklahoma Baptist, 14; Assumption (Mass.), 9; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 8; Wayne St. (Mich.), 8; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 6; Virginia Union, 6; Chadron St. (Neb.), 4; Nebraska-Kearney, 4; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 2; West Georgia, 2; Hillsdale (Mich.), 1; Missouri Western, 1; Virginia St., 1; Western Oregon, 1.



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