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2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 7

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October 26, 2015
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
Photo by Al Case, Ashland Daily Photo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion Southern Oregon garners the No. 1 ranking in the seventh regular-season edition of the NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The eighth regular-season installment will be released on Nov. 2.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Southern Oregon, which shared the No. 1 spot in the preseason edition, claimed eight of the possible 15 first-place votes and 334 total points to lock down the outright top-spot. All-time, the Raiders have been No. 1 four times.
• Southern Oregon (6-1) has won six-straight since falling in its season opener at then-No. 4 Carroll (Mont.), 26-20. The Raiders travel to Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Saturday for a 1 p.m. MDT kick off in Billings, Mont.
• No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) (6) and No. 5 Doane (Neb.) (1) also received first-place votes.
• 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.
• No. 6 Reinhardt (Ga.), which downed previous top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 42-24, over the weekend, enjoys its highest ranking in school history and its third-straight week in the top 10.
• No. 21 Cumberlands (Ky.) highlights the positive movement in the poll, leaping three places. The Patriots, who are the lone ranked team out of the Mid-South Conference East Division, downed Pikeville (Ky.), 48-29, last Saturday to improve to 6-2 on the year and 3-0 overall.
• Northwestern (Iowa) and Lindsey Wilson fell that hardest of any of the teams still ranked in the Top 25. The Red Raiders slid from No. 15 to No. 23 after losing its third game in the last four weeks – all to ranked opponents. The aforementioned loss to Reinhardt puts Lindsey Wilson at No. 8 this week, seven spots lower than the previous three installments.
• Newcomers No. 22 Point (Ga.) and No. 25 SAGU (Texas) are ranked for the first time. Point improved to 6-2 on the year and 4-0 in The Sun Conference with a 66-34 win against then-No. 25 Southeastern last weekend, while SAGU is 6-2 and 3-1 in the Central States Football League (CSFL). The Lions face a tough test Saturday when they travel to CSFL leader Arizona Christian (4-3, 4-0 CSFL).
• Carroll had its active streak of 187-consecutive Top 25 rankings ended this week, as the Saints dropped out of the poll. Carroll has lost three-straight games and is 3-4 on the year. The Saints were last unranked on Oct. 31, 2000.
• Three teams enter the week with unbeaten records – Doane (7-0), Reinhardt (8-0) and No. 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) (8-0).
• 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, No. 19 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), Northwestern and No. 24 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.
• North Star Athletic Association is the lone conference without representation in this week’s installment.
• Forty different teams have been ranked in 2015.
• Carroll owns the most top-billings with 58, followed by former member Sioux Falls (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (18) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• Morningside owns the active lead with 107-straight Top 25 mentions, followed by No. 12 Saint Xavier with 97-consecutive.
• 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 56-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.
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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. 7 (Oct. 26)
RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2015 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Southern Oregon (8) 6-1 334
2 3 Morningside (Iowa) (6) 7-1 331
3 4 Baker (Kan.) 7-1 305
4 5 Grand View (Iowa) 7-1 288
5 6 Doane (Neb.) (1) 7-0 283
6 8 Reinhardt (Ga.) 8-0 281
7 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) 8-0 280
8 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 6-1 246
9 10 Marian (Ind.) 5-2 230
10 12 Montana Tech 6-1 222
11 11 Tabor (Kan.) 7-1 217
12 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 6-2 199
13 14 William Penn (Iowa) 6-2 179
14 9 Robert Morris (Ill.) 5-2 175
15 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 6-2 153
16 17 Montana Western 5-2 150
17 19 Kansas Wesleyan 7-1 135
18 20 St. Francis (Ill.) 6-2 116
19 21 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 6-2 107
20 22 Campbellsville (Ky.) 6-2 93
21 24 Cumberlands (Ky.) 6-2 65
22 RV Point (Ga.) 6-2 64
23 15 Northwestern (Iowa) 4-3 48
24 23 Concordia (Neb.) 5-2 24
25 RV SAGU (Texas) 6-2 23

Dropped from the Top 25: Carroll (Mont.) (No. 18); Southeastern (Fla.) (No. 25)

Others Receiving Votes: Dickinson State (N.D) 20; Faulkner (Ala.) 13; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 7; Carroll (Mont.) 5.

^ Top 25 ranking from Oct. 19, 2015 Top 25 Poll

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