KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fueled by a dominant 56-10 win this past weekend, Southern Oregon locks down the No. 1 ranking in the eighth regular-season edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The ninth regular-season installment will be released on Nov. 9.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Southern Oregon holds the No. 1 ranking for the third time this season and second-consecutive week after receiving eight first-place votes and 334 points in the eighth regular-season installment. All-time, the Raiders have been No. 1 five times.
• Southern Oregon (7-1) has won seven-straight since losing its season opener at then-No. 4 Carroll (Mont.), 26-20. The Raiders racked up 494 total yards – 365 of which came on the ground – en route to a dominant 56-10 at Rocky Mountain (Mont.) last weekend. Southern Oregon will be tested Saturday when it hosts No. 9 Montana Tech.
• No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) (6) and No. 5 Doane (Neb.) (1) also received first-place votes. These two Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) rivals are scheduled to square off on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Sioux City, Iowa.
• No. 9 Montana Tech enjoys a top 10 billing for the second-consecutive week, marking the first time since 2012 that the Orediggers have accomplished that feat.
• Three teams enter the week with unbeaten records – Doane (8-0), No. 6 Saint Francis (Ind.) (8-0) and No. 7 Reinhardt (Ga.) (8-0).
• No. 12 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 13 Montana Western, No. 14 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 17 Campbellsville (Ky.) highlight the upward movement in the poll, as each program jumped three places.
• Notable negative movement came from No. 15 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 19 William Penn (Iowa) and No. 23 Robert Morris (Ill.). All three programs slid a minimum of six positions this week. The trio were ranked within the top 12 at some point during the year, including the Blue Raiders holding the No. 1 ranking four-straight weeks earlier this season.
• Newcomers No. 24 Dickinson State (N.D.) and No. 25 St. Ambrose (Iowa) return to the poll after a two-week hiatus. The Blue Hawks are the top team in the North Star Athletic Association, while St. Ambrose is currently tied for fourth in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League (MSFAW).
• Four teams have held the No. 1 ranking this season – Lindsey Wilson, Marian (Ind.), Morningside and Southern Oregon.
• The GPAC and MSFAW lead all leagues with four programs represented each.
• The GPAC, Frontier Conference and Mid-States Football Association Mideast League all have multiple teams listed among the top 10.
• The Central States Football League 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).
• Last week, Carroll had its active streak of 187-consecutive Top 25 rankings ended, as the Saints dropped out of the poll. Carroll is 4-4 on the year. The Saints were last unranked on Oct. 31, 2000.
• Morningside owns the active lead with 108-straight Top 25 mentions, followed by No. 11 Saint Xavier with 98-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 57-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.
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• 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.
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Southern Oregon (8)||7-1||334|
|2||2||Morningside (Iowa) (6)||8-1||332|
|4||4||Grand View (Iowa)||8-1||292|
|5||5||Doane (Neb.) (1)||8-0||287|
|6||7||Saint Francis (Ind.)||8-0||279|
|11||12||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||7-2||213|
|15||8||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||6-2||144|
|16||18||St. Francis (Ill.)||7-2||142|
|18||19||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||7-2||126|
|19||13||William Penn (Iowa)||6-3||105|
|23||14||Robert Morris (Ill.)||5-3||54|
|24||RV||Dickinson State (N.D.)||7-2||45|
|25||RV||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||6-2||18|
Dropped from the Top 25: Concordia (Neb.) (No. 24); SAGU (Texas) (No. 25)
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona Christian 6; Faulkner (Ala.) 5; Carroll (Mont.) 3.
^ Top 25 ranking from Oct. 26, 2015 Top 25 Poll