While Texas at Brownsville kept its hold on the No. 1 spot, Concordia (Calif.) became the fourth team this season to be ranked No. 2. The Eagles, who garnered 600 points, are unbeaten in Golden State Athletic Conference play (GSAC) and boast a 19-match winning streak. Columbia (Mo.) moved up one spot to No. 3 with 584 points and Lee (Tenn.) also jumped one place to No. 4 with 553 points. Embry-Riddle (Fla.), which lost to Shorter (Ga.) and then-No. 4 Columbia on Oct. 7, fell back three spots to No. 5 with 541 points.
Biola (Calif.) made the largest leap of all ranked teams, going from No. 15 to No. 12 this week. The Eagles improved their GSAC mark to 5-3 with wins over then-No. 9 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) and San Diego Christian (Calif.) last week. A pair of teams improved two places: No. 16 Southern Oregon and No. 19 Spring Hill (Ala.). Indiana East checks in at No. 25 after a week absence from the rankings.
Madonna (Mich.), ranked 23rd a week ago, is the only team to drop out of the Top 25. The Crusaders have lost four of their last six matches, including a 3-0 defeat to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference rival Cornerstone (Mich.) on Oct. 7. Bellevue (Neb.), which fell from 14th to 19th, and Point Loma Nazarene, which went from ninth to 14th, experienced the largest fall among ranked teams.
For the fourth-consecutive week, the GSAC placed six teams in the poll. The GSAC, which has led all leagues in Top 25 squads each week this season, is represented by Concordia, No. 7 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), No. 8 Fresno Pacific (Calif.), Biola, Point Loma Nazarene and No. 21 Vanguard (Calif.). The Frontier Conference again garnered the second-most ranked schools with three and four leagues put two teams in the Top 25.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The next poll will be announced on Oct. 18.
Notes: (all information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville’s six No. 1 rankings are the fourth most … Fresno Pacific (Calif.) has the most No. 1 appearances with 70, followed by former NAIA member National American (S.D.) with 32 and Columbia (Mo.) with 20 … Azusa Pacific (Calif.) extended its NAIA-leading poll-streak to 78 consecutive … Seventeen teams have been ranked in every poll this season … Thirty-five different teams have appeared in the Top 25 in 2011 … Viterbo (Wis.), which had never been ranked prior to this season, is one of 18 teams to appear in all six regular-season polls … No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) follows Columbia (Mo.), Lee (Tenn.) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) as the fourth team to be ranked second this season … This is the third week in-a-row in which only one school fell out of the Top 25 … Bellevue (Neb.) had been ranked between 14th and 16th in every poll this year until dropping to No. 19 this week.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2011 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas at Brownsville (22)||18-0||622|
|6||7||College of Idaho||16-1||518|
|7||8||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||19-4||515|
|8||6||Fresno Pacific (Calif.)||10-5||470|
|9||10||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||18-3||461|
|13||13||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||12-3||397|
|14||9||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||12-4||361|
|15||16||Cal State San Marcos||16-6||328|
|19||21||Spring Hill (Ala.)||27-0||256|
Others Receiving Votes: College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 77; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 75; Cornerstone (Mich.) 57; Grand View (Iowa) 49; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 34; Shorter (Ga.) 31; Madonna (Mich.) 28; Morningside (Iowa) 26; Point Park (Pa.) 23; Eastern Oregon 18; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 7; Grace (Ind.) 5; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 3; Kansas Wesleyan 3; Hastings (Neb.) 3; Asbury (Ky.) 3; Great Falls (Mont.) 1; Evangel (Mo.) 1; Baker (Kan.) 1; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 1; Campbellsville (Ky.) 1; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 1; Wiley (Texas) 1.