2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final

Date posted - November 16, 2015

naia_logoKansas 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
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 10-1 324
3 3 Grand View (Iowa) 10-1 312
4 5 Saint Francis (Ind.) (1) 9-0 305
5 6 Montana Tech 9-1 288
6 7 Marian (Ind.) 8-2 271
7 8 Southern Oregon 8-2 260
8 9 Tabor (Kan.) 10-1 247
9 4 Doane (Neb.) 9-1 232
10 11 Kansas Wesleyan 10-1 225
11 12 Campbellsville (Ky.) 8-2 213
12 13 Reinhardt (Ga.) 9-1 197
13 14 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 8-2 178
14 15 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 9-2 166
15 10 Montana Western 7-3 157
16 17 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7-3 150
17 18 Point (Ga.) 8-2 138
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
21 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-4 71
22 24 Arizona Christian 6-3 51
T23 19 William Penn (Iowa) 7-4 38
T23 25 Faulkner (Ala.) 7-3 38
25 RV Georgetown (Ky.) 6-4 31

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.

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