Orediggers move up one

Nearly two months after Montana Tech beat Carroll College 37-20, the Orediggers finally topped the Saints in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The latest poll, which was released today, has the Orediggers ranked No. 7, up one spot from the last two weeks.

Carroll College, which was No. 6 last week, lost 52-49 at Southern Oregon Saturday and fell to No. 16.

Southern Oregon jumped from No. 19 to No. 14.

Carroll and Southern are both 6-2 in conference, while the Orediggers are 7-1. Tech can basically wrap up the Frontier Conference title Saturday with a win over Montana Western at Alumni Coliseum.

A win would guarantee the Orediggers at least a tie for the title, and the Orediggers are sitting pretty in terms of tiebreakers. Head to head is the first tiebreaker. No. 2 is points allowed, and Tech has surrendered 102 fewer points that Southern Oregon.

Tech holds the head-to-head advantage over Carroll. The Orediggers, who beat Southern Oregon in Butte, close out the regular season Nov. 10 at Southern Oregon. If Tech wins Saturday, the Raiders would likely have to beat Tech by more than 100-plus points to take the crown from the Orediggers.

The Frontier Conference champion is guaranteed a spot in the NAIA playoffs.

2012 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 8 (Oct. 29)

11Marian (Ind.) (13)8-0314
22Georgetown (Ky.) (1)8-0302
33Missouri Valley8-0286
44Morningside (Iowa)8-0283
55Saint Xavier (Ill.)7-1262
67Saint Francis (Ind.)6-2243
78Montana Tech7-1235
810Cumberlands (Ky.)8-1220
99Grand View (Iowa)7-2217
1011William Penn (Iowa)8-1214
1112St. Ambrose (Iowa)7-1200
1213MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)6-2196
1314Baker (Kan.)6-2161
1419Southern Oregon6-2152
1515Evangel (Mo.)7-2144
166Carroll (Mont.)6-3141
1716Northwestern (Iowa)7-2135
1821Benedictine (Kan.)6-394
1924Ottawa (Kan.)6-289
2022Tabor (Kan.)6-287
21RVBethel (Tenn.)6-368
2222Robert Morris (Ill.)8-159
23RVKansas Wesleyan6-338
24RVDoane (Neb.)5-337
2518Hastings (Neb.)6-231

Others receiving votes: Cumberland (Tenn.) 23; Bacone (Okla.) 10; St. Francis (Ill.) 4; Kentucky Christian 3.