Orediggers 12th in final poll

Montana Tech tied for No. 12 with Northwestern (Iowa) in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, which was released today.

The Orediggers, who were ranked as high as No. 7 during the season, finished the season at 8-3 after falling to eventual runner up Morningside in the first round of the playoffs.

Montana Tech shared the Frontier Conference title with Southern Oregon. The Orediggers, though, held the tiebreaker and the automatic berth in the playoffs. Southern Oregon lost in the second round of the playoffs, also at Morningside.

Southern Oregon finished No. 5 in the post-season poll. Carroll College was ranked No. 21.

Marian, which won the first national title in school history, is ranked No. 1, of course. Morningside is No. 2, followed by Missouri Valley and Saint Xaiver (Ill).

2012 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Postseason (Dec. 18)

11Marian (Ind.) (14)12-1314
23Morningside (Iowa)13-1302
32Missouri Valley12-1290
44Saint Xavier (Ill.)12-2278
510Southern Oregon9-3252
66Saint Francis (Ind.)9-3247
77Cumberlands (Ky.)10-2242
81Georgetown (Ky.)10-1234
918Bethel (Tenn.)9-4227
108St. Ambrose (Iowa)9-2198
119MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)8-3186
T1212Northwestern (Iowa)9-3177
T1214Montana Tech8-3177
1411Baker (Kan.)8-3167
1513William Penn (Iowa)9-3155
1615Ottawa (Kan.)8-3137
1716Grand View (Iowa)8-3119
1817Tabor (Kan.)8-2113
1920Cumberland (Tenn.)8-393
2019Doane (Neb.)7-389
2121Carroll (Mont.)7-476
2222Benedictine (Kan.)7-449
2323Evangel (Mo.)7-446
2424Valley City State (N.D.)7-336
2525Kentucky Christian7-426

Others receiving votes: Robert Morris (Ill) 12; Nebraska Wesleyan 5.

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