Northwestern moved into the top 10 in the final NAIA Football Coaches’ poll released by the national office earlier today.
Ranked 11th in the last coaches’ poll, the Red Raiders moved up one spot and into the top 10 for the first time since the 2015 season. This is the highest national ranking for the Red Raiders since holding the No.9 spot in the Sept.14 poll in 2015. Northwestern finished second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season with a 7-1 record, 9-1 overall. They are one of two teams from the GPAC in the top 25 (Morningside-3).
The top five teams are unchanged from last week as Saint Francis (Ind.) earned all 15 first place votes and earned the No.1 ranking in every poll this season. Reinhardt (Ga.) is second, followed by Morningside, Lindsey Wilson and Southern Oregon. All five of those teams, along with No.7 Langston, are unbeaten.
|RANK||PREVIOUS||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2017 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Saint Francis (Ind.) (15)||10-0||340|
|4||4||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||10-0||300|
|8||9||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||9-1||252|
|11||6||Grand View (Iowa)||9-2||208|
|13||T12||Dickinson State (N.D.)||9-1||187|
|23||RV||Dakota State (S.D.)||8-3||38|
|24||NR||Oklahoma Panhandle State||7-3||31|
Dropped from the Top 25: Montana Tech (No. 22); Arizona Christian (No. 23); Concordia (Neb.) (No. 25)
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona Christian 21; Montana Tech 17; Cumberland (Tenn.) 12; College of Idaho 6.