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10.15.12 | M Football

Football Jumps in Poll Again

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Without even playing a game this week, the Baker University football team jumped up three spots from No. 18 to No. 15 in Monday’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The Wildcats had an open date over the weekend and will also have this weekend off before playing again on Oct. 27 on the road at Culver-Stockton.

Baker is one of five teams ranked in the NAIA Top 25 from the Heart of America Athletic Conference including No. 3 Missouri Valley (6-0), No. 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (4-2), No. 15 Baker (5-2), No. 16 Benedictine (5-2) and No. 17 Evangel (5-2).

NOTES: Marian's (Ind.) No. 1 ranking marks the fifth time - third-straight - the Knights have received the top spot since the program was established in 2006 ... The top six remained unchanged for the third-straight week ... Marian, No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.), No. 3 Missouri Valley, No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) and No. 6 Saint Xavier (Ill.) have been ranked in the top 10 in every poll this season ... No. 10 Grand View (Iowa) is making its first-ever appearance in the top 10 ... No. 23 Southern Oregon is ranked for the first time since Sept. 13, 2010 ... Carroll's (Mont.) No. 12 ranking on Sept. 10 marked the first time the Fighting Saints were ranked outside the top 10 since Nov. 2, 2004 ... Additionally, Carroll had a 91-straight top-five rating streak end ... Additionally, it is the first top 10 rating for the Orediggers since Sept. 25, 2006 ... 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 162 ... Following Saint Francis among consecutive appearances is Carroll with 147, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) with 73, Morningside with 65 and Saint Xavier with 52 ... 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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