Northwestern climbs to 3rd in Coaches poll

Northwestern College climbed one more spot in this week’s edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ poll released earlier today by the national office.

Fresh off its 40-28 win over Dordt last weekend, the Red Raiders move up to third in the Oct.8 coaches’ poll, the highest ranking for sure since the 1998 season. Head Coach Matt McCarty’s squad improved to 6-0 on the year, one of eight unbeaten teams left in the NAIA. They totaled 339 points, just 12 in back of Marian (Ind.). Morningside holds down the top spot for the second consecutive poll, earning 15 of the 16 possible first place votes.

Northwestern and Morningside are the only teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in this week’s coaches’ poll. Reinhardt (Ga.), the 2017 national runner-up, and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) are tied for fourth and round out the top five teams.

The Red Raiders have a bye this weekend as they prepare to host the top-ranked Mustangs on Oct. 20.

 

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL RECORD FINAL POINTS

1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [15] 6-0 366

2 3 Marian (Ind.) [1] 5-0 351

3 4 Northwestern (Iowa) 6-0 339

4 6 Reinhardt (Ga.) 5-1 308

4 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 4-1 308

6 8 Evangel (Mo.) 7-0 299

7 2 Southern Oregon 4-1 282

8 9 Grand View (Iowa) 4-1 267

9 10 Bethel (Tenn.) 6-0 246

10 11 Kansas Wesleyan 6-0 226

11 14 Concordia (Mich.) 5-1 220

12 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 5-1 214

13 5 Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-2 198

14 13 Langston (Okla.) 4-1 189

15 15 Georgetown (Ky.) 4-2 167

16 21 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 4-2 152

17 17 Baker (Kan.) 4-2 151

18 18 Cumberlands (Ky.) 6-1 143

19 22 Montana Western 4-1 117

20 23 Siena Heights (Mich.) 5-0 102

21 16 Dickinson State (N.D.) 4-2 65

22 NR Ottawa (Kan.) 5-1 50

23 NR Webber International (Fla.) 4-1 43

24 NR Eastern Oregon 3-2 37

25 20 Montana Tech 3-2 33

Dropped from the Top 25: Arizona Christian, Southeastern (Fla.), St. Ambrose (Iowa)

Others Receiving Votes: Arizona Christian 27, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 22, Avila (Mo.) 10