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Monday, 08 October 2012 21:24

Baker Moves up a Spot to No. 18

Baker will have two week's off before taking on Culver-Stockton on Oct. 27 Baker will have two week's off before taking on Culver-Stockton on Oct. 27

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After an impressive 42-13 Homecoming win over Avila last Saturday to improve to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, the Baker University football team moved up one spot to No. 18 in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Football poll.

Baker will have this and next week off and won’t compete again until Oct. 27 when they travel to Culver-Stockton for a 2 p.m. kickoff in Canton, Mo.

The Wildcats have been ranked in all six polls this season and held the No. 18 spot back in August in the Preseason poll.

Five HAAC teams now grace the Top 25 Poll including No. 3 Missouri Valley, No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene, No. 12 Benedictine, No. 18 Baker and No. 21 Evangel. This is the first time all season a conference in the NAIA has had five teams in one Poll.

NOTES: Marian's (Ind.) No. 1 ranking marks the fourth time - second-straight - the Knights have received the top spot since the program was established in 2006 ... The top 10 remained the same for the second-straight week, marking the second time this season that no movement has occurred amongst the group in consecutive polls ... Marian, Georgetown (Ky.), Missouri Valley, Morningside (Iowa) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) have been ranked in the top 10 in every poll this season ... No. 23 Robert Morris (Ill.) is making its first-ever appearance in the Top 25 ... No. 24 Tabor (Kan.) is ranked for the first time since Sept. 18, 2006, snapping a streak of 80-straight non-ranked polls ... Carroll's (Mont.) No. 12 ranking on Sept. 10 marked the first time the Fighting Saints have been ranked outside the top 10 since Nov. 2, 2004 ... Additionally, Carroll had a 91-straight top-five rating streak end ... No. 13 is the highest ranking for Montana Tech since being No. 20 in the Nov. 5, 2011 poll ... Carroll leads all institutions with 56 first-place rankings and is followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (23), Saint Xavier (14) and former NAIA member Northwestern Oklahoma State (11) ... No. 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll with 161 ... Following Saint Francis among consecutive appearances is Carroll with 146, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) with 72, Morningside with 64 and Saint Xavier with 51 ... Since 2000, only three programs have lasted the entire season ranked at No. 1 - Carroll (2003, 2005), Sioux Falls (2009), Georgetown (2001).


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