Diggers move up to No. 8

The Montana Tech football team moved up to No. 8 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, which was released today.

Tech takes over the spot held by Southern Oregon, which fell to No. 17 after Saturday’s 39-29 home loss to Eastern Oregon. The Mountaineers moved up four spots to a tie for No. 12.

The 5-1 Orediggers’ bump in the poll comes two days after Saturday’s convincing 34-15 win over Carroll College. Tech has won five straight games and avenged its only loss of the season.

Montana Western moved up four spots to No. 21 after Saturday’s 30-20 home win over the College of Idaho. Rocky Mountain College received votes.

Marian (Indiana) remains in the top spot. Baker (Kansas) is No. 2, followed by Reinhardt (Georgia).

Montana Tech heads to Havre to take on MSU-Northern on Saturday. Other Frontier Conference action sees Rocky playing at Carroll, Southern Oregon travelling to the College of Idaho and Montana Western playing at Eastern Oregon.

2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6 (October 17)

11Marian (Ind.) (14)7-0314
22Baker (Kan.)7-0302
33Reinhardt (Ga.)7-0281
T44Saint Francis (Ind.)6-1274
T45Morningside (Iowa)5-1274
66Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)8-0255
77Grand View (Iowa)6-1240
89Montana Tech5-1232
910Doane (Neb.)6-1207
1011Georgetown (Ky.)6-1206
1113Missouri Valley6-1198
T12T16Eastern Oregon4-2169
T1214Dickinson State (N.D.)6-1169
1415Kansas Wesleyan6-1165
15T16Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)5-2137
1618Bethel (Tenn.)7-0136
178Southern Oregon4-3135
1812Tabor (Kan.)4-2111
1920Benedictine (Kan.)5-299
2013Southeastern (Fla.)4-181
2125Montana Western4-366
2221Midland (Neb.)6-247
2319Dakota State (S.D.)5-239
24RVRobert Morris (Ill.)4-236
25RVSterling (Kan.)4-225

Dropped from Top 25: Peru State (Neb.) (No. 22); Concordia (Neb.) (No. 24)

Others Receiving Votes: Arizona Christian 24; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 4; Peru State (Neb.) 3.