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Bulldog football ranked No. 3 in NJCAA Preseason Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Navarro Bulldogs are ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA Division I Preseason Football Poll released Tuesday.

Top-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast and No. 2 Snow College, Ut., are the only teams ranked ahead of coach Brian Mayper’s Bulldogs. The 2012 national champion Iowa Western Reivers rank 4th, while national championship game opponent, Butler, ranks 5th.

Navarro’s opponent in Week 2, the Hutchinson Blue Dragons, rank 6th in the poll.

Here is the preseason poll, including the 2012 records of the ranked teams.

NJCAA PRESEASON TOP 20

1. Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-2)

2. Snow (11-1)

3. Navarro (10-2)

4. Iowa Western (12-0)

5. Butler (11-1)

6. Hutchinson (9-3)

7. Kilgore (8-3)

8. East Mississippi (8-2)

9. Copiah-Lincoln (9-3)

10. ASA (9-1)

11. Arizona Western (8-2)

12. Coffeyville (6-4)

13. Nassau (9-2)

14. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (9-3)

15. Hinds (4-5)

16. Itawamba (6-3)

17. Garden City (7-4)

18. Central Lakes-Brainerd (10-1)

19. College of DuPage (9-2)

20. Glendale (8-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Tyler (5-5), Georgia Military (7-4), Jones County (6-3), Rochester CTC (9-2), and New Mexico Military Institute (6-5).