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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Football Stays at Number 2 in Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

Press Release by Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

 
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas After starting the season 3-0 for the fourth-straight time, the Baker University football team holds onto the number two spot in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

The Wildcats have defeated then-number 23 William Penn, 31-27, then number 9 Grand View 48-41 and Culver-Stockton, 67-7 to open up the year.

Three other Heart schools are ranked including number nine Grand View, number 16 Benedictine, and number 19 MNU. Missouri Valley is receiving votes.

Baker next takes on Graceland this Saturday, September 16 on Homecoming inside Liston Stadium at 1 p.m. The Wildcats have defeated the Yellowjackets nine-straight times.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• The defending national champions are off to a 2-0 start this season, including a 68-23 victory against St. Francis (Ill.) in a Mid-States Football Association crossover contest. Senior quarterback Nick Ferrer threw for 301 yards and five touchdowns in the contest despite playing only in the first half. 
• Saint Francis (2-0), which has been ranked among the top 10 in 22-straight polls, puts its 11-game winning streak on the line Saturday at
number 24 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (2-0).
• Four new teams joined the Top 25 this week –
number 16 Benedictine (Kan.), number 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), number 23 Northwestern (Iowa) and number 24 St. Ambrose. Northwestern is making its first appearance in the poll since ranking number 22 on Nov. 2, 2015. The three other squads were all ranked at some point during the 2016 season. 
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most
number 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (Iowa) (20) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
number 4 Morningside holds the longest active streak with 127-straight Top 25 mentions.

 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Number 1 (September 11, 2017)
RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (15) 2-0 340
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 3-0 327
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 2-0 311
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 3-0 304
5 6 Montana Tech 2-0 288
6 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 2-0 275
7 11 Doane (Neb.) 2-0 258
8 5 Marian (Ind.) 1-1 228
9 9 Grand View (Iowa) 2-1 221
10 16 Southeastern (Fla.) 2-0 206
11 7 Eastern Oregon 1-1 201
12 18 Arizona Christian 2-0 188
13 24 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 2-0 181
14 25 Southern Oregon 2-0 164
15 22 Langston (Okla.) 2-0 144
T16 RV Benedictine (Kan.) 3-0 131
T16 21 Georgetown (Ky.) 1-0 131
18 10 Tabor (Kan.) 0-1 98
19 NR MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3-0 91
20 14 Sterling (Kan.) 1-1 80
21 15 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2-1 79
22 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 2-1 60
23 RV St. Ambrose (Iowa) 2-0 49
24 NR Northwestern (Iowa) 2-0 40
25 20 Kansas Wesleyan 1-1 32

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