Four MIAA schools are ranked in the top 25 of the USA Today Preseason Division II football poll, which was released today as part of its College Football Preview Magazine.

Defending national champion Northwest Missouri will begin the 2010 season where it left off in 2009, at No. 1. The Bearcats begin their season Sept. 2 when they host Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Washburn joins Northwest in the top 10, coming in at No. 9. The Ichabods kick off their 2010 campaign Aug. 28 at Colorado Mines.

Missouri Western was voted No. 16, while Nebraska-Omaha will begin the year at No. 21. Western plays at home to start the season, Sept. 2 against Mesa State, while Omaha will play host to Nebraska-Kearney Sept. 4 to begin the year.
USA Today Division II Preseason Top 25
1. Northwest Missouri
2. Grand Valley State
3. North Alabama
4. Minnesota Duluth
5. West Liberty
6. Abilene Christian
7. Central Washington
8. Cal (PA)
9. Washburn
10. Texas A&M-Kingsville
11. Nebraska-Kearney
12. West Alabama
13. West Texas A&M
14. Saginaw Valley State
15. Carson-Newman
16. Missouri Western
17. Midwestern State
18. East Stroudsburg
19. Tuskegee
20. North Carolina at Pembroke
21. Nebraska-Omaha
22. Bemidji State
23. West Chester
24. Delta State
25. Hillsdale