LANGSTON - Arizona Christian University has been voted as the league's favorite team in the 2017 Central States Football League (CSFL) Preseason Poll. The Firestorm, who repeated as CSFL Champions, were an undefeated 6-0 in conference play during the 2016 season and finished with a 7-3 overall mark. Arizona Christian received a No. 22 ranking in the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Spring Poll that was released April 10. The Firestorm received a total of 127 points in the 2017 CSFL Preseason Poll, including 15 of 18 first place votes. The poll is comprised of the league's coaches and sports information directors.
Langston University finished in second place in the poll, while the Lions were 13 points shy of the top vote getter. Langston, who was ranked #21 in the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Spring Poll, received three first place votes. Wayland Baptist University received 93 total points and took third place.
Oklahoma Panhandle State University sewed up fourth place with 82 points and Southwestern Assemblies of God University nailed down the fifth spot with 77 points. Lyon College ranked sixth, receiving 53 points. Bacone College landed in the seventh spot with 46 points, while Texas Wesleyan University and Texas College rounded out the poll in the eighth and ninth spots, respectively, with 28 and 27 votes each.
During the 2017 season, nine teams will compete for the CSFL title, including four teams from Texas, three schools from Oklahoma and one University out of Arizona and Arkansas. The CSFL is comprised of Arizona Christian University, Bacone College, Langston University, Lyon College (Ark.), Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Tex.), Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), Texas College and Texas Wesleyan University.