KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) begins the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. Grand View, which was the unanimous top-team with 15 first-place votes and 340 points, finished the 2013 season with a program-best 14-0 record.
National semifinalist Carroll (Mont.) checks in at No. 2 with 322 points. The Fighting Saints, who fell to defending national runner-up Cumberlands (Ky.), 34-27, in overtime, return three key members of their 2013 squad in running back Dustin Rinker, linebacker Sean Blomquist and defensive back James Dowgin.
No. 3 Morningside (Iowa), which has reached at least the semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series the last two seasons, received 308 points. The Mustangs were tabbed to win their fourth-straight Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) title by the league’s coaches at their annual conference media day on August 7.
|Rank||School (1st Place Votes)||Total Points|
|1||Grand View (Iowa) (15)||340|
|6||Saint Francis (Ind.)||278|
|9||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||226|
|16||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||147|
|17||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||10|
|18||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||123|
|20||Saint Francis (Ill.)||88|
|21||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||72|
|24||Peru State (Neb.)||42|
Others Receiving Votes: Eastern Oregon 17; Reinhardt (Ga.) 13; Siena Heights (Mich.) 5.