Two Lone Star Conference schools are ranked in the first NCAA Division II top 25 media poll to hit news stands. Tarleton State is not one of them.
Lindy’s annual college football preview edition, which committs most of its space to Division I BCS schools, committed two pages to its Division II outlook.
Three-time defending champion West Texas A&M is No. 10 in the poll, while Abilene Christian is No. 12. The same two schools handed Tarleton its only two losses in 2007.
Other teams from around the Southwest Region in the poll are No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, No. 5 Central Washington, No. 8 Nebraska - Omaha, No. 23 Washburn and No. 24 Pittsburg State.
The magazine lists three games involving LSC schools as games to watch, but again, Tarleton is not included.
Lindy’s points to an early crash between Abilene Christian and three-time national runner-up Northwest Missouri as potentially one of the biggest clashes of the year, and also lists the Midwestern State/West Texas A&M battle and the Abilene Christian/West Texas A&M affair as big games.
The annual season finale of West Texas A&M/Tarleton was not listed despite having had an impact on the conference and South Division crowns each of the last three years.
Tarleton returns all of its skill players from a team that averaged more than 37 points per game in 2007, including all three running backs, top two receivers and quarterback Scott Grantham, who will be a sophomore this fall.