KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Morningside (Iowa) garners the No. 1 ranking in the ninth regular-season edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The final regular-season installment will be released on Sunday, Nov. 15.
The 2015 NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) 16-team field and first round pairings will be announced Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. CST via a live selection show on www.NAIANetwork.com. Each conference champion rated in the top 20 (including ties) in the Final Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which will be announced earlier in the day on Nov. 15, will automatically qualify for the FCS. The remaining at-large berths will be awarded based on the final ranking.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• The Mustangs of Morningside (Iowa) earn their 19th all-time No. 1 ranking with 14 first-place votes and 340 total points. Morningside last claimed the No. 1 ranking on Sept. 21, 2015.
• Morningside is 9-1 on the year with its only loss coming to NCAA Division III No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 33-30, on Sept. 24. The Mustangs are currently tied atop the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings with No. 4 Doane (Neb.) at 8-0. The two sides determine the conference champion Saturday at 1 p.m. CST in Sioux City, Iowa.
• Morningside holds the longest active streak of top 10 rankings, having been listed among the top 10 teams for 58-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.
• Rounding out the top five are No. 2 Baker (Kan.), No. 3 Grand View (Iowa), Doane and No. 5 Saint Francis (Ind.). All four of these teams jumped one spot from last edition.
• Two teams enter the week unbeaten – Doane (9-0) and Saint Francis (8-0).
• Campbellsville (Ky.) enjoyed the best positive movement in the poll this week, leaping five places from No. 17 to No. 12. The Tigers won their second-straight Mid-South Conference West Division title last Saturday with a 70-56 victory against then-No. 7 Reinhardt (Ga.).
• No. 6 Montana Tech, which knocked off then-No. 1 Southern Oregon last Saturday in a 21-17 thriller, is ranked within the top 10 for a third-straight week and is enjoying its highest ranking since being No. 7 on Sept. 25, 2006. The Orediggers look to lock up the Frontier Conference title Saturday, but face a tough test when they welcome No. 10 Montana Western.
• The most negative movement was a seven-spot slide for No. 8 Southern Oregon.
• Two newcomers joined the Top 25 this week – No. 24 Arizona Christian and No. 25 Faulkner. Arizona Christian is ranked for the first time in program history, while Faulkner was listed among the Top 25 earlier this season.
• Four teams have held the No. 1 ranking this season – Lindsey Wilson, Marian (Ind.), Morningside and Southern Oregon.
• The Mid-South Conference West Division and the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League lead all conferences with four programs represented each.
• All three Frontier Conference schools are ranked in the top 10 – Montana Tech, Southern Oregon and Montana Western.
• All conferences are represented in the poll.
• Forty-one 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 (19) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• On Oct. 26, Carroll had its active streak of 187-consecutive Top 25 rankings ended, as the Saints dropped out of the poll. Carroll is 4-5 on the year. The Saints were last unranked on Oct. 31, 2000.
• Morningside owns the active lead with 109-straight Top 25 mentions, followed by Saint Xavier with 99-consecutive.
• Missouri Valley had its streak of 118-consecutive Top 25 mentions snapped on Sept. 28.
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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||2||Morningside (Iowa) (14)||9-1||340|
|3||4||Grand View (Iowa)||9-1||307|
|4||5||Doane (Neb.) (1)||9-0||301|
|5||6||Saint Francis (Ind.)||8-0||293|
|14||15||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||7-2||176|
|15||18||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||8-2||157|
|17||11||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||7-3||125|
|19||19||William Penn (Iowa)||7-3||115|
|20||23||Robert Morris (Ill.)||6-3||104|
|21||24||Dickinson State (N.D.)||8-2||77|
|22||16||St. Francis (Ill.)||7-3||66|
|23||25||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||7-2||57|
Dropped from the Top 25: Cumberlands (Ky.) (No. 20); Northwestern (Iowa) (No. 22)
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 11; Cumberlands (Ky.) 9; Sterling (Kan.) 3.
^ Top 25 ranking from Nov. 2, 2015 Top 25 Poll