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Valdosta State tops the preseason Division II Coaches' Poll

Jut like both subdivisions of Division I, Division II will start with the reigning king retaining its crown. 

Defending national champion Valdosta State earned 26 of a possible 32 first-place votes to top the Division II preseason Coaches' Poll. The Blazers were followed by Minnesota State-Mankato, West Texas A&M, Northwest Missouri State and 2012 runner-up Winston-Salem State. 

The 2013 Division II season begins September 5. 

1. Valdosta State (Ga.) - (26 first-place votes) 766 total points
2. Minnesota State-Mankato - (3) 726
3. West Texas A&M - (1) 707
4. Northwest Missouri State - (1) 616
5. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) - 599
6. Missouri Western State - 586
7. Shippensburg (Pa.) - 559
8. Colorado State-Pueblo - 522
9. Ashland (Ohio) - 506
10. Indiana (Pa.) - (1) 416
11. Minnesota-Duluth - 410
12. New Haven (Conn.) - 402
13. Henderson State (Ark.) - 371
14. Grand Valley State (Mich.) - 361
15. Midwestern State (Texas - 319
16. West Alabama - 297
17. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) - 290
18. Bloomsburg (Pa.) - 227
19. Indianapolis - 212
20. Chadron State (Neb.) - 195
21. Pittsburg State (Kan.) - 165
22. Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) - 141
23. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) - 140
24. Tuskegee (Ala.) - 124
25. Shepherd (W.Va.) - 108

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.