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09.30.13 | M Football

Football Moves up to No. 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After rolling past Avila University last Saturday night, 63-17, the Baker University football team improved to 3-1 on the year and moved up one spot in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll to No. 12.

The Wildcats will next take on (RV) MidAmerica Nazarene on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. inside Liston Stadium on Homecoming. The Pioneers enter the contest one spot out of the Top 25 poll with a record of 1-2.

MNU lost to Tabor College, 21-13, to open up the season then followed that up with a 33-9 loss at Missouri Valley.

They responded after those two losses to defeat Evangel University last Saturday down in Springfield, Mo., 54-22.

Baker has posted wins over Ottawa, 25-24, University of St. Mary, 41-40 and lost to Benedictine, 42-28.

The Heart of America Athletic Conference has four teams ranked this week including No. 7 Benedictine, No. 8 Missouri Valley, No. 12 Baker and No. 24 Peru State.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside's No. 1 ranking marks the fourth time the Mustangs have earned the top spot in the poll — all occurring this season ... Northwestern (Iowa) fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 10, 2011 – a string of 23-consecutive polls ... No. 25 Siena Heights (Mich.), who started football in 2011, is making its first-ever appearance in the Top 25 ... Since 2000, only three programs have lasted the entire season ranked at No. 1 – Carroll (Mont.) (2003, 2005), former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (2009) and Georgetown (Ky.) (2001) ... Three teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2012: Marian, Saint Xavier (Ill.) and Georgetown ... Carroll leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by Sioux Falls (55), Georgetown (25), Saint Xavier (14) and former member Northwestern Oklahoma State (11) ... No. 6 Saint Francis (Ind.) boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll with 172 ... Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances is Carroll with 159, Missouri Valley with 94, Morningside with 78 and Saint Xavier with 67 ... No. 3 Saint Xavier holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 53-straight polls dating back to Sept. 21, 2009 ... Following Saint Xavier in consecutive top 10 appearances are No. 5 Georgetown (30) and No. 1 Morningside (26) ... Thirty-nine teams have been ranked in the Coaches' Poll this season.

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

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