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Monday, 07 October 2013 15:24

Football Moves up Another Spot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After a thrilling 37-20 win over rival MidAmerica Nazarene last Saturday, the Baker University football team moved up one spot in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 for the second straight week from No. 12 to No. 11.

Baker is now 4-1 on the year and 2-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and will travel to Canton, Mo., this Saturday, Oct. 12 to take on Culver-Stockton at 2 p.m.

Three other HAAC teams are in this week's poll, as Benedictine moved up two spots to No. 5, Missouri Valley also jumped two spots to No. 6 and Peru State made a big jump from No. 24 to No. 19.

Baker has been nearly perfect against Culver-Stockton in its history, sporting a 30-3 all-time record against CSC and Baker head coach Mike Grossner is 8-1 all-time against Culver.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside's (Iowa) No. 1 ranking marks the fifth time the Mustangs have earned the top spot in the poll — all occurring this season ... William Penn (Iowa) fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since August 9, 2010 – a string of 42-consecutive polls ... No. 22 Nebraska Wesleyan is making its first Top 25 appearance since the 2009 season ...No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) both received a program-best ranking this week ... 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. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll with 173 ... Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 160, Missouri Valley with 95, Morningside with 79 and Saint Xavier with 68 ... No. 10 Saint Xavier holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 54-straight polls dating back to Sept. 21, 2009 ... Following Saint Xavier in consecutive top 10 appearances is No. 1 Morningside (27) ... Forty 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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