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UW-Platteville Ranked No. 23 in D3Football.com Preseason Poll

The start of fall practice is just a few days away for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville football team. Construction continues on a brand new Daktronics video scoreboard at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium but the headlines for Monday centered around the Pioneers being ranked No. 23 in the D3football.com preseason Top 25 poll.

UW-Platteville is coming off a 7-3 campaign in 2011 that returns eight offensive starters, nine more on defense as well as a specialist in 2012. The No. 23 ranking is the highest the Pioneers have been ranked since October 2004, when they started 4-0 and beat Drake, Augustana and UW-Whitewater to begin the season, when they were ranked No. 20 in that poll.

At the top of the poll is defending champion, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, who received 17 of 25 first-place votes. The Pioneers and the Warhawks are the only two teams from the WIAC and UW-Platteville is one of just four teams that was not ranked in the final top 25 poll in 2011.

Complete poll