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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Football to Begin 2014 Ranked No. 5

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After a 2013 season that featured a school-record 11-2 record, a HAAC regular season championship and a NAIA-FCS Playoff victory, the Baker University football team will begin the season ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll.

The 'Cats ended 2013 ranked No. 5 and captured its first HAAC championship since the 1993 season.

Baker also posted 24 HAAC All-Conference players, nine NAIA Scholar-Athletes, three BSN-NAIA All-Americans and the HAAC Coach of the Year in Mike Grossner.

The 2014 Baker schedule will feature five games against ranked opponents, as they take on No. 14 Ottawa in the season opening 'County Line Clash' on Sept. 6, No. 15 Sterling comes to Baldwin City, Kan., on Sept. 13 for the annual HAAC/KCAC Challenge. Then on Oct. 4, Baker travels to No. 24 ranked Peru State.

The NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium will pin Baker against No. 11 ranked Benedictine on Oct. 11 and Baker ends the year at home on Senior Day against No. 7 Missouri Valley on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – No. 8 Tabor (Kan.), No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.), No. 15 Sterling (Kan.) and No. 19 Friends (Kan.) – and the Heart of America Athletic Conference – Baker, No. 7 Missouri Valley, No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 24 Peru State (Neb.) – boast the most teams amongst the Top 25 with four programs each. Four other leagues – MSFAW, Frontier Conference, GPAC and the Mid-South Conference East Division – have three ranked teams.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Grand View (Iowa) is making its third-straight appearance at No. 1 ... Three teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2013 – Grand View, Cumberlands (Ky.) and Morningside (Iowa) ... There were 45 different programs ranked in 2013 ... Thirteen teams were ranked in all 13 polls ... Carroll (Mont.) leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) and former member Northwestern Oklahoma State (11) ... Saint Francis boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll with 182 ... Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 169, Missouri Valley with 104, Morningside with 88 and Saint Xavier with 77 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 36-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

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