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Football - Fri, Jul. 26, 2013
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Union is projected to finish fifth in the Mid-South Conference East Division, according to the preseason football coaches' poll announced Friday.

The Bulldogs received 15 voting points to put them in the fifth spot in the division. Union posted a 4-7 overall mark and 1-4 conference record in 2012. 

Georgetown (Ky.) is the MSC East preseason favorite and Bethel (Tenn.) and Belhaven (Miss.) are the co-favorites to win the West Division in 2013.

Georgetown received 35 voting points from the East coaches, including five of the seven first-place votes. Bethel and Belhaven each picked up 20 voting points to tie atop the preseason vote in the West Division. Bethel received three first-place votes from the West coaches while Belhaven garnered two first-place votes.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.

Cumberlands (Ky.) is projected to finish second in the East with 32 voting points, including the final two first-place votes. The Patriots finished 2012 with a 10-2 record and reached the Football Championship Series' Quarterfinals.

Kentucky Christian is third in the preseason East voting with 24 voting points followed by Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in fourth with 22 voting points.

Union is picked to finish fifth followed by Pikeville (Ky.) with 13 voting points and Bluefield (Va.) with six voting points.

Lindsey Wilson and Bluefield move to the East Division in 2013 after playing the 2012 season in the West Division.

Bethel has won each of the last two West Division championships and owns an eight-game winning streak against the West entering 2013.

Like Cumberlands, the Wildcats, who ended 2012 with a 9-4 record, reached the Football Championship Series' Quarterfinals last season, including a win at top-ranked Georgetown in the opening round of the playoffs.

Belhaven finished 2012 with a 6-5 record, including a 4-2 mark in the West. The Blazers lost their five games last season by a total of 35 points, including three losses against ranked opponents.

Cumberland (Tenn.) and Faulkner (Ala.) are tied for third in the preseason poll with 17 voting points each.  Cumberland received the final first-place vote.

Campbellsville (Ky.) is fifth in the poll with 11 voting points followed by Mid-South newcomer Reinhardt (Ga.), playing its first season of football in 2013, with 5 voting points.

Union will kick off the 2013 season on Aug. 31 at Cumberlands in the Brass Lantern Game. Game time is set for 12 p.m.

EAST DIVISION

Pos.

Team

Points (First Place Votes)

2012 Division Record

2012 Overall Record

1.

Georgetown (Ky.)

35 (5)

5-0

10-1

2.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

32 (2)

4-1

10-2

3.

Kentucky Christian

24

3-2

7-4

4.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) *

22

1-5

3-8

5.

Union (Ky.)

15

1-4

4-7

6.

Pikeville (Ky.)

13

1-4

3-8

7.

Bluefield (Va.) *

6

0-6

0-11

* Participated in the West Division in 2012.

 

WEST DIVISION

Pos.

Team

Points (First Place Votes)

2012 Division Record

2012 Overall Record

1.

Belhaven (Miss.)

20 (2)

4-2

6-5

 

Bethel (Tenn.)

20 (3)

6-0

9-4

3.

Cumberland (Tenn.)

17 (1)

4-2

8-3

 

Faulkner (Ala.)

17

4-2

6-5

5.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

11

2-4

3-8

6.

Reinhardt (Ga.) **

5

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** First season in 2013