Kansas City, Missouri — For the second-consecutive week, Morningside (Iowa) owns the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Sunday. The ranking also makes the Mustangs the top seed for the 2015 NAIA Football Championship Series, which opens with first round play on Saturday, Nov. 21st.
Morningside earns its 20th all-time No. 1 ranking with 14 first-place votes and 340 total points in the final regular-season edition. The Mustangs won the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship for the fifth-straight season with a dominant 55-7 win against then-No. 4 Doane (Neb.) last Saturday. Morningside holds the longest active streak of top 10 rankings, having been listed among the top 10 teams for 59-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.
No. 9 Doane (Neb.), No. 15 Montana Western and No. 21 Benedictine (Kan.) each fell five spots, marking the largest negative movement for teams still ranked within the Top 25. All three clubs lost on Saturday.
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Morningside (Iowa) (14)||10-1||340|
|3||3||Grand View (Iowa)||10-1||312|
|4||5||Saint Francis (Ind.) (1)||9-0||305|
|13||14||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||8-2||178|
|14||15||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||9-2||166|
|16||17||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||7-3||150|
|T18||22||St. Francis (Ill.)||8-3||108|
|T18||21||Dickinson State (N.D.)||8-2||108|
|20||23||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||8-2||100|
|T23||19||William Penn (Iowa)||7-4||38|
Dropped from the Top 25: Robert Morris (Ill.) (No. 20)
Others Receiving Votes: Robert Morris (Ill.) 12; Sterling (Kan.) 10; Cumberlands (Ky.) 10; Concordia (Neb.) 3; Peru State (Neb.) 3.