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Just 17 days away from moving to a new, more challenging, conference in the MIAA, the UNK Lopers are ranked 17th by the Lindy Sports Poll.
The Lopers join 4 other conference members in the poll:
#1 Pittsburg State (Kansas)
#3 Northwest Missouri State
#23 Missouri Western
Three out of UNK's first four games will be against ranked conference opponents. At Washburn on August 30th, at Missouri Western on September 15th and at home vs Northwest Missouri State on the 22nd of September.
The Lopers lose a good deal of offense due to graduation and many around the program feel the beginning of the season could be difficult for the young team.
By comparison, the Lopers old conference, the RMAC has one team ranked in the top 25.
The official Division 2 poll is done by the AFCA and will not be released until Mid-August.