2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll — No. 9

2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll — No. 9

By Alan Grosbach, Associate Director of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 12th-straight edition, Saint Francis (Ind.) tops the NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Cougars, who claimed all 15 first-place votes and 340 total points, have been the unanimous No. 1 team in all 10 polls this season.

The 2017 NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) 16-team field and first round pairings will be announced Sunday at 4 p.m. CST via a video show on the NAIA official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/playnaia). Each conference champion rated in the top 20 (including ties) in the Final Coaches’ Poll automatically qualifies for the FCS. The remaining at-large berths are awarded based on the final rating.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis now owns 15 all-time No. 1 rankings, which is the fourth-most top billings since the 1999 season.
• The Cougars ended the regular-season with a 10-0 record after defeating Taylor (Ind.), 40-20, over the weekend. The victory pushes Saint Francis’ current NAIA-best winning streak to 19-straight games.
• Due to an upset loss by Baker (Kan.), Southern Oregon joins the top five at No. 5 for the first time this season. This shift ends a streak of three-straight weeks where there were no changes in the top five teams.
• No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 25 Concordia (Neb.) are the two newcomers to the Top 25. The Coyotes return to the poll following a two-week hiatus, while the Bulldogs garner recognition for the first time since the spring edition.
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) (25), No. 3 Morningside (Iowa) (20), Saint Francis (15) and No. 9 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 135-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 84-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. 9 (November 6, 2017)

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (15) 10-0 340
2 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 8-0 325
3 4 Morningside (Iowa) 10-0 316
4 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9-0 300
5 7 Southern Oregon 9-0 280
6 6 Grand View (Iowa) 9-1 279
7 2 Baker (Kan.) 9-1 256
8 8 Langston (Okla.) 9-0 255
9 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 8-1 241
10 12 Southeastern (Fla.) 7-1 217
11 13 Northwestern (Iowa) 8-1 202
T12 14 Dickinson State (N.D.) 8-1 187
T12 9 Georgetown (Ky.) 7-1 187
14 15 Concordia (Mich.) 8-1 177
15 11 Benedictine (Kan.) 8-2 170
16 18 Sterling (Kan.) 8-2 142
17 19 Tabor (Kan.) 7-2 125
18 21 Campbellsville (Ky.) 7-1 103
19 20 Marian (Ind.) 6-3 101
20 16 SAGU (Texas) 7-2 99
21 23 Arizona Christian 7-3 73
22 17 Montana Tech 6-3 69
23 25 Evangel (Mo.) 7-3 55
24 RV Kansas Wesleyan 7-3 30
25 RV Concordia (Neb.) 6-3 15


Dropped from the Top 25: Cumberland (Tenn.) (No. 22); Doane (Neb.) (No. 24)

Others Receiving Votes: Faulkner (Ala.) 12; Dakota State (S.D.) 11; Peru State (Neb.) 10; College of Idaho 4; Cumberland (Tenn.) 3.

^ Top 25 ranking from Oct. 30, 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
Ruston, La.