Orediggers crack Top 20

Apparently the nation took notice of Montana Tech’s 37-20 win over Carroll College Saturday.

The Orediggers (1-1) are ranked 20th in the NAIA’s first Top 25 coaches poll, which was released Monday afternoon. It marks the first time the Orediggers have cracked the Top 25 since 2007, when the Orediggers were ranked No. 20.

Saint Zavier is ranked No. 1, a spot the school held in the preseaon poll.

Carroll College fell from No. 2 in the preseason to No. 12. That marks to first time the Saints have been out of the Top 10 since 2004. The Saints, by the way, won the nation championship that season.

Also, Eastern Oregon is ranked No. 8, while Rocky Mountain is No. 19.

“We got a seat at the table,” Tech coach Chuck Morrell said. “We’ve just got to see if we can keep it rolling.”

 2012 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1 (Sept. 10)

11Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14)2-0314
23Marian (Ind.)3-0301
34Georgetown (Ky.)2-0291
48Morningside (Iowa)2-0273
59Missouri Valley2-0271
613Benedictine (Kan.)2-0244
714William Penn (Iowa)3-0241
816Eastern Oregon2-0213
T920St. Ambrose (Iowa)2-0199
T918Baker (Kan.)3-0199
116Saint Francis (Ind.)2-1187
122Carroll (Mont.)1-2186
135MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)1-1185
1419Cumberlands (Ky.)2-0154
1515Grand View (Iowa)2-1139
1621Doane (Neb.)2-0128
T177St. Francis (Ill.)1-2112
T1710Northwestern (Iowa)1-1112
19NRRocky Mountain (Mont.)3-0106
20NRMontana Tech1-184
2117Valley City State (N.D.)1-154
22NRDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)2-052
23NRTaylor (Ind.)2-022
24RVLindsey Wilson (Ky.)2-121
2522Cumberland (Tenn.)1-119

Others receiving votes:
Kansas Wesleyan 18; Hastings (Neb.) 13; Langston (Okla.) 11; Kentucky Christian 11; Faulkner (Ala.) 11; Menlo (Calif.) 8; McPherson (Kan.) 7; Friends (Kan.) 3; Graceland (Iowa) 3; Midland (Neb.) 3.

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