2019 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll - Final (Nov. 17)

2019 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll - Final (Nov. 17)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Morningside (Iowa) stayed atop the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 for the entire duration of the season from preseason poll to the final poll. The No. 1 Mustangs defeated then-No. 5 Northwestern 37-27 to earn the Great Plains Athletic Conference Division title Saturday.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)

  • Morningside finished the regular season with a perfect record of 10-0 and earned an automatic bid to the 2019 NAIA National Championship.
  • The top four teams remained the same this week College of Idaho moved one spot to round out the top five.
  • The top five teams in the poll outscored their opponents 223-91 in the final weekend of play.
  • Baker (Kan.) took home the Heart of America Athletic Conference South title for a second year in a row, the Wildcats pulled out a 28-21 victory in the NAIA Game of the Week on Saturday over Evangel (Mo.).
  • In just their second year as a program, Ottawa (Ariz.) secured the Sooner Athletic Conference championship. The Spirit put together a dominant 33-14 win over SAGU (Texas) to finish the season 9-1.
  • Montana Western and Waldorf (Iowa) made the jump into the poll in the final week of competition.
  • Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1-rankings with 57, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55) Morningside (39), Georgetown (Ky.) (25) and Marian (23).
  • Morningside holds the longest active streak with 160-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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2019 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (Nov. 17)

RANK LAST WEEK
SCHOOL [1ST PLACE VOTES] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) 10-0 392
2 2 Marian (Ind.) 9-0 371
3 3 Kansas Wesleyan 11-0 356
4 4 Grand View (Iowa) 11-0 353
5 6 College of Idaho 9-0 333
6 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 10-0 320
7 9 Keiser (Fla.) 9-0 292
8 5 Northwestern (Iowa) 9-1 289
9 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 8-2 272
10 8 Cumberlands (Ky.) 9-1 250
11 11 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-2 243
12 12 Concordia (Mich.) 8-2 221
13 13 Reinhardt (Ga.) 9-2 209
14 14 Southeastern (Fla.) 8-1 196
15 15 Baker (Kan.) 9-2 192
16 16 Ottawa (Ariz.) (AZ) 9-1 174
17 18 Dickinson State (N.D.) 8-2 151
18 20 Benedictine (Kan.) 8-3 124
19 21 Langston (Okla.) 8-2 123
20 18 Siena Heights (Mich.) 7-3 102
21 17 Evangel (Mo.) 8-3 101
22 NR Montana Western 7-3 76
23 NR Waldorf (Iowa) 7-3 46
24 25 Bethel (Kan.) 8-3 30
25 22 Carroll (Mont.) 6-3 23
         
 

Dropped Out: Dordt (Iowa) and Montana Tech

Recieving Votes: Midland (Neb.) 7, MidAmerica Nazarene 7, Indiana Wesleyan 6, Montana Tech 6

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.