KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 10th-consecutive poll, Marian (Ind.) garners the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Knights collected all 15 first-place votes and 340 total points in the seventh regular-season edition. The eighth installment is scheduled to release on Oct. 31.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Marian claimed its 19th all-time No. 1 ranking in program history, and 10th-straight this week.
• The Knights’ 19 all-time No. 1 rankings is the fifth-most top billings since the start of the 1999 season. Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings during that time with 58, followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25) and Morningside (Iowa) (20).
• Marian, which was idle last week, is looking to become the first team to go the entire season ranked No. 1 and win the national championship since former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) accomplished the feat in 2009. That Cougars’ team was also the last to win back-to-back national titles (2008 and 2009) – an achievement the Knights hope to match this year.
• The Knights (7-0) take an NAIA-best 16-game winning streak into its final regular-season home game Saturday against Concordia (Mich.).
• Fellow-unbeaten teams, Baker (Kan.) and Reinhardt (Ga.) – both entering the week 8-0 – claim the No. 2 and No. 3 spots once again.
• The Wildcats, who downed MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), 55-34, over the weekend, have rested in the No. 2 spot for four-straight weeks. Baker (8-0) travels to Central Methodist (Mo.) Saturday.
• Reinhardt enters the week coming off an impressive 55-34 victory at then-No. 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) last Saturday in the NAIA Football Game of the Week. The tough road continues for the Eagles, as they host No. 15 Georgetown (Ky.) Saturday.
• No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) and No. 5 Morningside (Iowa) round out the top five.
• No. 18 Sterling (Kan.) highlighted the positive movement, jumping seven spots this week from No. 25. The Warriors have won three-straight, including a 65-60 shootout over Ottawa (Kan.) last weekend, en route to a 5-2 record.
• Due to a loss at College of Idaho, Southern Oregon fell six places from No. 17 to No. 23, good for the most notable drop in the poll. The Raiders have appeared in the national championship game two-consecutive seasons and are now at risk of not qualifying for the Football Championship Series.
• Poll newcomers this week are No. 20 Arizona Christian and No. 21 Concordia (Neb.). Both teams were ranked previously this season.
• The Great Plains Athletic Conference leads all leagues with four teams represented – Morningside, No. 8 Doane (Neb.), No. 14 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and Concordia.
• 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)||2016 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Marian (Ind.) (15)||7-0||340|
|4||T4||Saint Francis (Ind.)||7-1||298|
|6||7||Grand View (Iowa)||7-1||272|
|10||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||8-1||228|
|12||T12||Dickinson State (N.D.)||7-1||194|
|24||24||Robert Morris (Ill.)||4-3||26|
|25||23||Dakota State (S.D.)||5-3||23|
Dropped from Top 25: Montana Western (No. 21); Midland (Neb.) (No. 22)
Others Receiving Votes: Midland (Neb.) 22; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 16; William Penn (Iowa) 12; Concordia (Mich.) 9; Montana Western 7; Saint Mary (Kan.) 5; Langston (Okla.) 3.