Baker football picked seventh in HAAC
Coaches from the Heart of America Athletic Conference gathered last week for the annual media day and voted for their choices on how the conference standings would play out.
MidAmerica Nazarene barely edged out Benedictine for first place. MidAmerica had 95 points, while Benedictine had 93. Baker University landed in the seventh-place slot with 49 points.
MidAmerica had six first-place ballots, to Benedictine's four. Evangel, Baker's first opponent of the season on Sept. 4, received the other first-place ballot, but finished fourth in the voting. Missouri Valley was the coaches' selection for third place with 74 points to Evangel's 72.
Graceland was fifth with 59 points, Avila sixth with 56 and Baker seventh with 49. Rounding out the choices were Lindenwood with 44 points, William Jewell with 25, Culver-Stockton with 24 and Central Methodist with 14.
MidAmerica was the HAAC champion last year with a 10-0 conference record, Benedictine was second at 9-1 and Evangel third at 6-4. Baker tied for seventh at 4-6 with Culver-Stockton.
A magazine that covers the HAAC had earlier picked Baker to finish fifth, based solely on new head coach Mike Grossner taking over the program this year.