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2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll — No. 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third-straight edition, Saint Francis (Ind.) locks down the No. 1 ranking in the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Cougars swept all 15 first-place votes and earned 340 total points en route to the club’s sixth all-time top billing.

Four new teams joined the Top 25 this week – No. 16 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 23 Northwestern (Iowa) and No. 24 St. Ambrose. Northwestern is making its first appearance in the poll since ranking No. 22 on Nov. 2, 2015. The three other squads were all ranked at some point during the 2016 season.

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

Dropped from the Top 25: Missouri Valley (No. 12); Robert Morris (Ill.) (No. 13); Montana Western (No. 19); William Penn (Iowa) (No. 23)

Others Receiving Votes: Cumberland (Tenn.) 23; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 21; Montana Western 20; Robert Morris (Ill.) 19; Concordia (Mich.) 12; Missouri Valley 10; Hastings (Neb.) 8; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 7.

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