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Lone Star Conference
RICHARDSON, Texas – Angelo State was picked as the favorite to win the Lone Star Conference football title, according to the 2015 LSC preseason poll announced Tuesday.
The league’s preseason poll reflects the opinions of LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus various media representatives from throughout the region.
ASU, which captured the 2014 LSC Playoffs Championship, earned first place votes on 17 of the 21 ballots to finish with 142 points. The Rams were 9-3 season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Championship.
Defending LSC Champion Texas A&M-Commerce was picked second with 111 points and the remaining four first-place tallies on the heels of a 9-3 campaign last season.
Midwestern State ranked third with 89 points just ahead of Tarleton State in fourth (85) and West Texas A&M fifth (82). Eastern New Mexico (57) and Texas A&M-Kingsville (22) rounded out the poll.
The season kicks off September 3, and the LSC has seven teams set to compete in 2015. After playing six conference games apiece over the first nine weeks of an 11-week regular season, the league’s football teams will split into two brackets to conduct a two-week conference playoff. The conference champion and playoff seeding will be determined by regular season results.
The top four teams (No. 4 at No. 1 and No. 3 at No. 2) comprise the championship bracket with Week 10 winners playing for the playoff title in Week 11, whereas Week 10 losers will meet for third place. The other half of the bracket includes the remaining three teams and Oklahoma Panhandle State with No. 5 at OPSU and No. 7 at No. 6 in Week 10. The 7-6 winner plays at No. 5 for fifth-place in Week 11, while the 6-7 loser hosts OPSU.
Additionally, the Lone Star Football Festival comes back to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the fifth straight year in 2015 with three games on Saturday, September 19. MSU faces ENMU, and TSU goes against WT in LSC action, while ASU plays Bacone in a non-conference contest.
The event starts at 11:30 a.m. with MSU-ENMU, followed by WT-TSU at 3:30 p.m., and ASU-Bacone at 7:30 p.m. to conclude the football-filled day.
A single ticket will be good for admission to all three games at the festival. The best place for fans to purchase tickets is in the athletic ticket office of each participating team. Advance purchases through the teams will be rewarded with rates of $25 for adults and $10 for students, while sales through Ticketmaster and game-day pricing at the AT&T Stadium ticket windows will be $30 for adults and $15 for students.
A pair of LSC teams were included in postseason play last season, with Angelo State advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs, and Texas A&M-Commerce playing in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl.