2018 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll ? Poll Eight (Oct. 29)

2018 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll ? Poll Eight (Oct. 29)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With 15 of the 16 first-place votes, Morningside (Iowa) continues to pace the field in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the week. The Mustangs are a perfect 9-0 and lead a group of three undefeated teams at the top. Marian (Ind.) checked in at No. 2 with one first-place vote while the Bethel (Tenn.) Wildcats jumped to No. 3 with a spotless 9-0 record.

 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)

  • No. 1 Morningside handled its business this week with a 49-0 win over Concordia (Neb.) The Mustangs are two wins away from going undefeated in the regular season for the second-consecutive season.
  • The Mustangs are rated No. 1 in the nation in three categories, including total offensive yards per game. The team is averaging an astounding 605 yards per game.
  • Marian snagged a critical conference win over the weekend against then-No. 21 Siena Heights (Mich.). The Knights feature the third-ranked rush defense in the NAIA, holding opponents to an average of 91 yards per game.
  • Both Midland (Neb.) and Ottawa (Kan.) join the poll this week after securing wins over the weekend. Midland defeated Doane (Neb.) 35-22 while Ottawa beat a tough Southwestern (Kan.) squad 41-24.
  • Bethel (Tenn.) has jumped five spots in the last two weeks and now sits in third. The 9-0 Wildcats beat then-No. 10 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 56-30 to make the jump this week.
  • Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1-rankings with 57, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55). Georgetown (Ky.) and Morningside are tied with 25 apiece, followed by Marian (22).
  • Morningside holds the longest active streak with 146-straight Top 25 mentions.

 

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.

 

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2018 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll Eight (Oct. 29)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [15] 9-0 366
2 2 Marian (Ind.) [1] 8-0 352
3 5 Bethel (Tenn.) 9-0 330
4 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 7-1 327
5 4 Grand View (Iowa) 7-1 308
6 6 Northwestern (Iowa) 7-1 291
7 7 Kansas Wesleyan 9-0 277
8 8 Benedictine (Kan.) 8-1 262
9 9 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-2 247
10 11 Evangel (Mo.) 9-1 240
11 12 Langston (Okla.) 7-1 220
12 13 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 7-2 216
13 14 Cumberlands (Ky.) 9-1 199
14 15 Baker (Kan.) 6-2 188
15 17 Concordia (Mich.) 7-2 174
16 19 Dickinson State (N.D.) 7-2 144
17 10 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5-3 131
18 22 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7-3 123
19 20 Georgetown (Ky.) 6-3 120
20 16 Montana Western 6-2 103
21 24 Avila (Mo.) 7-1 89
22 NR Midland (Neb.) 7-2 64
23 21 Siena Heights (Mich.) 6-2 51
24 18 Eastern Oregon 5-3 44
25 NR Ottawa (Kan.) 7-2 39

Dropped from the Top 25: Southern Oregon, Keiser (Fla.)

Others Receiving Votes: Ave Maria (Fla.) 18, Montana Tech 5, Dordt (Iowa) 4, College of Idaho 3

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.