Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Baker Football Jumps to Number 3 in Coaches' Poll

press release submitted by Tyler Price

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Baker University football team jumped again this week in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll from number 4 to number 3, announced on Monday.

The Wildcats improved to a perfect 5-0 last Saturday in its 60-7 dismantling of rival then-number 12 Benedictine on Saturday in the NAIA Game of the Week. Baker is 2-0 in NAIA Game of the Week contests in 2016, they defeated then-number 23 William Penn, 41-7m back on Sept. 10.

Baker ranks number 1 in several categories nationally including total pass offense with 2,055 yards, 411 pass yards per game, sacks allowed 1 and are No. 2 in total points scored with 268 points (53.6 points per game).

Individually Clarence Clark leads the country in total scoring as a kicker with 41 points and Logan Brettell is first in total offense with 1,912 yards.

Three other teams from the Heart of America Athletic Conference join Baker in the Top 25 including number 8 Grand View, number 13 Missouri Valley and number 22 Peru State.

Baker and Peru State will clash this Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m. in Peru, Nebraska.

Dating back to last season, Baker has one 11-straight games against a team from the Heart.


2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (September 26)
RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2016 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Marian (Ind.) (15) 4-0 340
2 3 Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-0 326
3 4 Baker (Kan.) 5-0 315
4 5 Doane (Neb.) 4-0 295
5 6 Reinhardt (Ga.) 4-0 282
6 2 Morningside (Iowa) 2-1 275
7 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5-0 265
8 8 Grand View (Iowa) 4-1 251
9 9 Southern Oregon 2-2 239
10 10 Montana Tech 3-1 230
11 14 Georgetown (Ky.) 3-1 198
12 13 Tabor (Kan.) 2-1 193
13 11 Missouri Valley 4-1 189
14 20 Kansas Wesleyan 3-1 157
15 21 Dickinson State (N.D.) 3-1 152
16 22 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 3-2 127
17 15 Eastern Oregon 2-2 107
T18 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 3-2 105
T18 25 Midland (Neb.) 5-0 105
20 24 Dakota State (S.D.) 4-1 93
21 16 Concordia (Neb.) 3-1 83
22 RV Peru State (Neb.) 4-1 74
23 RV Bethel (Tenn.) 4-0 53
24 RV Montana Western 3-2 46
25 18 Sterling (Kan.) 2-1 27

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