Monday, August 15, 2016

Tuskegee Golden Tigers ranked 17th in AFCA DII preseason poll

WACO, Texas — After a quarterfinal appearance in the 2015 NCAA Division II playoffs, the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers begin the 2016 season ranked 17th in the AFCA preseason poll released Monday morning.

Tuskegee, 10-3 a season ago, is the only school from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) ranked in the poll. The Golden Tigers received 241 votes in the initial poll after finished last season ranked 11th overall.

The Golden Tigers do not face anyone ranked in the preseason poll, however, they are third in teams from the region ranked in the poll. They trail West Georgia (second) and North Alabama (15th), while being ranked above Catawba (22nd) in the first poll.

The top 10 includes defending national champion Northwest Missouri State, West Georgia, Grand Valley State, Shepherd, CSU-Pueblo, Ashland, Minnesota State, Indiana (Pa.), Henderson State and Texas A&M Commerce.

The next 10 include Slippery Rock at 11, followed by Ferris State, Humboldt State, Midwestern State, North Alabama, Indianapolis, Tuskegee, Colorado School of Mines, Minnesota-Duluth and Central Missouri.

Assumption, Catawba, Sioux Falls, Emporia State and Augustana round out the top 25.

Tuskegee opens the season on the road at Clark Atlanta. Kick off time for the season opener is 7 pm (eastern) and the game will be carried on the American Sports Network.

Season tickets are on sale in the Ticket Office by calling (334) 727-8594 or (334) 724-4385. Tickets are also on sale in the ticket office, and online via Ticketmaster, for the 5th Quarter Classic.

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