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Wayland Baptist University Pioneers picked 4th in Central States Football League

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Wayland Baptist is picked to finish in the exact middle of the seven-team Central States Football League in a preseason poll of conference head coaches and sports information directors.

The Pioneers received 33 points in the poll and came in fourth behind defending champion Arizona Christian (52 points), Langston University (49 pts.) and Southwestern Assemblies of God University (42 pts). Texas College was fifth (24 pts.) followed by Bacone (19 pts.) and Lyon College (12 pts.).

The top three teams all received first-place votes, with Arizona Christian collecting seven while Langston and SAGU picked up two each.

Arizona Christian won the CSFL title last year in just its second season of competition by going unbeaten in conference play and finishing with a 6-3 record. The Firestorm are ranked No. 22 in the 2016 Spring NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

Langston went 5-1 in the CSFL (7-3 overall) to finish second in the conference in 2015 followed by SAGU at 4-2 (8-3). Wayland (4-6) tied for fourth place with Texas College (2-8) and Bacone (2-9), all with 2-4 records, while Lyon, in its first season after restarting football, was winless at 0-6 (0-11).

Wayland opens the season by traveling to Batesville, Ark., to take on Lyon in a non-conference game Thursday, Aug. 25. The teams will play their official CSFL contest Oct. 29 in Plainview. The Scots hired a new head coach late last month, promoting associated head coach Kyle Phelps after Kirk Kelley’s resignation.

After opening with Lyon, Wayland takes a week off before making its home debut Sept. 10 against Sul Ross State.

The Pioneers report for physicals Monday, Aug. 8, a day before the start of workouts.

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