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2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final

November 13, 2016
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Marian (Ind.) closes the regular-season as the No. 1 team in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Knights were the unanimous pick, collecting all 15 first-place votes and 340 total points. The postseason installment is scheduled to release on Monday, Dec. 19.

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.”
• Teams must be ranked in the Top 20 in order to be eligible for the Football Championship Series.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (Nov. 13)
RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2016 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Marian (Ind.) (15) 10-0 340
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 11-0 327
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 11-0 306
4 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) 9-1 298
5 5 Morningside (Iowa) 9-1 293
6 6 Montana Tech 9-1 278
7 7 Doane (Neb.) 9-1 254
8 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 10-1 248
9 9 Eastern Oregon 8-2 240
10 11 Grand View (Iowa) 9-2 221
11 12 Missouri Valley 9-2 208
12 13 Tabor (Kan.) 8-2 205
13 15 Sterling (Kan.) 8-2 178
14 15 Dickinson State (N.D.) 9-2 170
15 19 Robert Morris (Ill.) 7-3 146
16 18 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 8-3 143
17 10 Kansas Wesleyan 9-2 125
18 21 Concordia (Neb.) 7-3 108
19 22 Montana Western 7-4 106
20 14 Southeastern (Fla.) 6-2 104
21 23 Langston (Okla.) 7-2 71
22 25 Arizona Christian 7-3 70
T23 24 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-4 40
T23 20 William Penn (Iowa) 7-4 40
25 17 Georgetown (Ky.) 7-4 37

Dropped from Top 25: none

Others Receiving Votes: Saint Mary (Kan.) 23; Warner (Fla.) 9; Pikeville (Ky.) 3.