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2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6

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October 19, 2015
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) claims the No. 1 ranking for the fourth-consecutive week in the sixth regular-season edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The seventh regular-season installment will be released on Oct. 26.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• The Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) claimed 12 of the possible 15 first-place votes and 338 total points to lock down the No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in program history. Lindsey Wilson improved to 6-0 on the year with a 24-19 victory against then-No. 18 Faulkner (Ala.) last Saturday.
• Six-straight wins to open the season is a program-best for the Blue Raiders, who face arguably their toughest test of the year Saturday at No. 8 Reinhardt (Ga.). Kick off is slated for 12 p.m. EDT.
• For the first time this season, no movement occurred among the top 10 teams.
• No. 2 Southern Oregon (2) and No. 3 Morningside (Iowa) (1) also received first-place votes.
• Defending national champion Southern Oregon is attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back national crowns since former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) accomplished the feat in 2008 and 2009.
• Both No. 6 Doane (Neb.) and No. 8 Reinhardt (Ga.) are enjoying top-10 rankings for another week after setting a program record the week before. Last week, the Tigers garnered their highest ranking since resting in the same position on Oct. 16, 2001, while the Eagles claimed their first-ever top-10 billing.
• No. 15 Northwestern (Iowa), No. 16 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 17 Montana Western all jumped a poll-high five spots this edition.
• No. 18 Carroll (Mont.) dropped a poll-high seven places to its lowest ranking since the 2013 Preseason Poll (No. 18). The Saints, who lost an overtime thriller 28-27 to Frontier Conference rival Southern Oregon last Saturday, own a 3-3 mark on the year. It does not get any easier for Carroll this weekend, as it hosts No. 12 Montana Tech.
• Four new teams joined the Top 25 this edition, which is the most since five newcomers made an appearance in the first regular-season edition on Sept. 14. The freshly ranked programs are No. 22 Campbellsville (Ky.), No. 23 Concordia (Neb.), No. 24 Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 25 Southeastern (Fla.).
• Southeastern – a representative out of The Sun Conference – is receiving its first-ever Top 25 mention. The Fire are 4-1 in only their second season of intercollegiate varsity football.
• Four teams enter the week with unbeaten records – Lindsey Wilson (6-0), Doane (6-0), No. 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) (7-0) and Reinhardt (7-0).
• Four teams have held the No. 1 ranking this season – Lindsey Wilson, Marian (Ind.), Morningside and Southern Oregon.
• The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) leads all leagues with five programs represented – Morningside, Doane, Northwestern, No. 21 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and No. 23 Concordia (Neb.).
• The GPAC, Mid-States Football Association Mideast League and Mid-South Conference West Division all have multiple teams listed among the top 10.
• The Central States Football League and North Star Athletic Association are the lone conferences without representation in this week’s installment.
• Thirty-eight different teams have been ranked in 2015.
• Carroll owns the most top-billings with 58, followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (18) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• With the 187-straight Top 25 streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped in mid-October last year, Carroll owns the active lead with 187. Morningside (106) and Saint Xavier (96) own the next longest streaks.
• Missouri Valley had its streak of 118-consecutive Top 25 mentions snapped on Sept. 28.
• Morningside holds the longest active streak of top 10 rankings, having been listed among the top 10 teams for 55-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.
• For more information on NAIA football, click here.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.
• Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6 (Oct. 19)
RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2015 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (12) 6-0 338
2 2 Southern Oregon (2) 5-1 323
3 3 Morningside (Iowa) (1) 6-1 319
4 4 Baker (Kan.) 6-1 296
5 5 Grand View (Iowa) 6-1 285
6 6 Doane (Neb.) 6-0 275
7 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-0 269
8 8 Reinhardt (Ga.) 7-0 247
9 9 Robert Morris (Ill.) 5-1 235
10 10 Marian (Ind.) 5-2 218
11 12 Tabor (Kan.) 6-1 207
12 13 Montana Tech 5-1 202
13 14 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 5-2 187
14 16 William Penn (Iowa) 5-2 172
15 20 Northwestern (Iowa) 4-2 155
16 21 Benedictine (Kan.) 5-2 132
17 22 Montana Western 4-2 128
18 11 Carroll (Mont.) 3-3 109
19 15 Kansas Wesleyan 6-1 107
20 19 St. Francis (Ill.) 5-2 79
21 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 5-2 72
22 RV Campbellsville (Ky.) 5-2 66
23 RV Concordia (Neb.) 5-1 52
24 NR Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-2 29
25 NR Southeastern (Fla.) 4-1 26

Dropped from the Top 25: Faulkner (Ala.) (No. 18); Webber International (Fla.) (No. 23); Dickinson State (N.D.) (No. 24); St. Ambrose (Iowa) (No. 25)

Others Receiving Votes: Faulkner (Ala.) 21; Point (Ga.) 12; Dickinson State (N.D.) 9; Ottawa (Kan.) 9; SAGU (Texas) 6.

^ Top 25 ranking from Oct. 12, 2015 Top 25 Poll

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