Orediggers ranked No. 7 in spring football poll

Orediggers ranked No. 7 in spring football poll
The Montana Tech football team takes the field for the 2016 season opener at Nelson Stadium in Helena in this Butte Sports file photo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The spring edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll was released today, and Montana Tech remained in the No. 7 spot.

That’s the same ranking as the 2016 season-ending poll.

The ranking comes as the two-time defending Frontier Conference champion Orediggers, who went 10-2 for the second straight season in 2016, are a little more than halfway through spring drills. The team will play its Green and White Game on April 22.

Defending champion Saint Francis (Indiana) remains in the top spot. Baker (Kansas) is No. 2, followed by Reinhardt (Georgia) at No. 3

Eastern Oregon is ranked fourth, while Montana Western moved up one spot to No. 19.

2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Spring (April 10)

Rank Last Week School (1st Place Votes) 2016 Record Total Points
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (14)  13-1 314
2 2 Baker (Kan.)  14-1 302
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.)  13-1 281
4 4 Eastern Oregon  10-3 277
5 5 Marian (Ind.)  11-1 265
6 6 Morningside (Iowa)  10-2 258
7 7 Montana Tech  10-2 243
8 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)  11-2 231
9 9 Grand View (Iowa)  9-3 216
10 10 Doane (Neb.)  9-2 205
11 11 Missouri Valley  9-3 198
12 12 Tabor (Kan.)  8-3 179
13 13 Sterling (Kan.)  8-3 165
14 14 Dickinson State (N.D.)  9-4 157
15 15 Robert Morris (Ill.)  7-3 137
16 16 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)  8-3 122
17 17 Kansas Wesleyan  9-2 115
18 18 Southeastern (Fla.)  6-3 110
19 20 Montana Western  7-4 98
20 19 Concordia (Neb.)  7-3 97
21 21 Langston (Okla.)  7-2 66
22 22 Arizona Christian  7-3 51
23 25 Georgetown (Ky.)  7-4 44
24 23 Benedictine (Kan.)  7-4 39
25 24 William Penn (Iowa)  7-4 34

Dropped from Top 25: None

Others Receiving Votes: Warner (Fla.) 9; Saint Mary (Kan.) 7; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 5

^ Top 25 ranking from Dec. 20, 2016 Top 25 Poll


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