Orediggers jump to No. 8

Montana Tech’s football team moved up five spots to No. 8 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which was released Monday afternoon.

This is the first time the Orediggers have been in the top 10 since they were ranked No. 7 in September of 2006.

The Orediggers (5-1) were off last week. They take their five-game winning streak to La Grande, Ore., to take on Eastern Oregon on Saturday. The Mountaineers handed Tech its only loss of the season Sept. 1 in Butte.

Carroll College, which Tech beat 37-20 Sept. 8 in Butte, is ranked No. 7, up one spot after a 21-14 win over Montana Western.

Southern Oregon is the only other ranked Frontier Conference team. The Raiders appeared in the top 25 for the first time this season at No. 23.

2012 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6 (Oct. 15)

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)2012 RECORDTOTAL POINTS
11Marian (Ind.) (13)6-0314
22Georgetown (Ky.) (1)7-0302
33Missouri Valley6-0287
44Morningside (Iowa)6-0281
55William Penn (Iowa)7-0259
66Saint Xavier (Ill.)5-1253
78Carroll (Mont.)5-2246
813Montana Tech5-1215
97Saint Francis (Ind.)4-2208
1014Grand View (Iowa)5-2200
119Cumberlands (Ky.)6-1188
1115St. Ambrose (Iowa)5-1188
1310MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)4-2178
1417Hastings (Neb.)6-0167
1518Baker (Kan.)5-2145
1612Benedictine (Kan.)5-2136
1721Evangel (Mo.)5-2104
1811Northwestern (Iowa)5-297
1920St. Francis (Ill.)5-394
2022Doane (Neb.)4-280
21RVFaulkner (Ala.)5-274
2224Tabor (Kan.)5-261
23RVSouthern Oregon 4-252
2423Robert Morris (Ill.)6-150
2516Cumberland (Tenn.)5-244

Others receiving votes: Ottawa (Kan.) 17; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 3.

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