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2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll No. 6

October 16, 2017
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By Alan Grosbach, Associate Director of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – None of the top 14 teams shifted positions this week, including top-ranked Saint Francis (Ind.), which locked down the No. 1 ranking for a ninth-straight edition of the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Cougars claimed all 15 first-place votes and 340 total points.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• Saint Francis owns the No. 1 ranking for the 12th time in program history. Additionally, the top billing marks the 20th-consecutive edition that a team from the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League has held the No. 1 mark.
• The Cougars were dominant last weekend, downing Siena Heights (Mich.), 36-9, to extend their NAIA-best winning streak to 16-straight games. Saint Francis boasts an average victory margin of 28.1 points per game this season.
• Saint Francis travels to Missouri Baptist on Saturday.
• No. 25 Campbellsville (Ky.) is the lone newcomer this week. The Tigers, who have not been ranked since the 2016 preseason poll, are off to a 5-0 start this season. Campbellsville travels to Ave Maria (Fla.) on Saturday before an important showdown with No. 9 Georgetown (Ky.) on October 28.
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 9 Georgetown (25), No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) (20), No. 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) and Saint Francis (12).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 132-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 81-straight polls.

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.”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6 (October 16, 2017)

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (15) 7-0 340
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 7-0 327
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 6-0 312
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 7-0 303
5 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 6-0 286
6 6 Grand View (Iowa) 6-1 272
7 7 Southern Oregon 6-0 265
8 8 Langston (Okla.) 6-0 237
9 9 Georgetown (Ky.) 5-0 233
10 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 5-1 225
11 11 Montana Tech 5-1 217
12 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 6-1 201
13 13 Marian (Ind.) 4-2 185
14 14 Southeastern (Fla.) 5-1 169
15 17 Northwestern (Iowa) 6-1 160
16 18 Dickinson State (N.D.) 6-1 148
17 21 Concordia (Mich.) 6-1 122
18 22 SAGU (Texas) 5-1 115
19 19 Doane (Neb.) 4-2 102
T20 23 Tabor (Kan.) 5-2 75
T20 15 Sterling (Kan.) 5-2 75
22 24 Cumberland (Tenn.) 6-2 64
23 16 Arizona Christian 5-2 45
24 25 Kansas Wesleyan 5-2 34
25 RV Campbellsville (Ky.) 5-0 29

Dropped from the Top 25: Hastings (Neb.) (No. 19)

Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma Panhandle State 15; Dordt (Iowa) 12; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 9; Bethany (Kan.) 7; Hastings (Neb.) 3.

^ Top 25 ranking from Oct. 9, 2017 Top 25 Poll