2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll ? No. 7

2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll ? No. 7

By Alan Grosbach, Associate Director of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Cougars of Saint Francis (Ind.) were the unanimous No. 1 once again in the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches Poll, the national office announced Monday. Saint Francis, which has been ranked No. 1 for 10-straight polls, garnered all 15 first-place votes and 340 total points.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis boasts the No. 1 ranking for the 13th time in program history, which is the sixth-most top billings dating back to 1999.
• The Cougars improved to 8-0 on the season and extended their winning streak to 17-straight games with a 56-23 victory over Missouri Baptist. Saint Francis rests atop the Mid-States Football Association Mideast standings at 4-0 with two games remaining on its regular-season schedule
• Saint Francis hosts Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) on Saturday.
• There was no movement in the top 12 this week.
• No. 25 Dakota State (S.D.) is the lone newcomer this edition. The Trojans are 6-2 on the season and have a key showdown with No. 15 Dickinson State (N.D.) on Saturday. Prior to today, Dakota State was most recently ranked on October 24, 2016.
• 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 (13).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 133-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 82-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. 7 (October 23, 2017)

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (15) 8-0 340
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 8-0 327
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 6-0 312
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 8-0 303
5 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 7-0 286
6 6 Grand View (Iowa) 7-1 272
7 7 Southern Oregon 7-0 265
8 8 Langston (Okla.) 7-0 237
9 9 Georgetown (Ky.) 6-0 235
10 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 6-1 223
11 11 Montana Tech 6-1 218
12 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-1 201
13 14 Southeastern (Fla.) 6-1 179
14 15 Northwestern (Iowa) 7-1 170
15 16 Dickinson State (N.D.) 6-1 157
16 17 Concordia (Mich.) 7-1 150
17 18 SAGU (Texas) 6-1 129
18 T20 Sterling (Kan.) 6-2 109
19 T20 Tabor (Kan.) 6-2 104
20 25 Campbellsville (Ky.) 6-0 96
21 13 Marian (Ind.) 4-3 85
22 22 Cumberland (Tenn.) 6-3 52
23 23 Arizona Christian 5-3 36
24 19 Doane (Neb.) 4-3 35
25 NR Dakota State (S.D.) 6-2 25


Dropped from the Top 25: Kansas Wesleyan (No. 24)

Others Receiving Votes: Kansas Wesleyan 7; Evangel (Mo.) 6; Oklahoma Panhandle State 5; Montana Western 4; Concordia (Neb.) 4; Peru State (Neb.) 3.

^ Top 25 ranking from Oct. 16, 2017 Top 25 Poll

Championship Information

NAIA Football Championship

64th ANNUAL
FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
November 23, 30, Dec. 7, 2019
Football Championship Series
Campus Sites

December 21, 2019
Eddie G. Robinson Stadium
Grambling, La.