On a day when three Frontier Conference teams dropped out of the NAIA Top 25 coaches poll, Montana Tech moved up.
The Orediggers (2-1) jumped up three spots to No. 10 two days after beating then-No. 25 Rocky Mountain College 48-12 Saturday at Alumni Coliseum.
The Battlin’ Bears, Montana Western and Carroll College fell out of the poll one week after the Frontier Conference saw six teams crack the Top 25.
Southern Oregon (1-2) also moved up three spots. The Raiders are No. 9 after their last-minute win over Western. Eastern Oregon (2-1) fell five spots to No. 15.
Marian (Indiana) remains in the top spot. Morningside (Iowa) remains at No. 2, while Saint Francis (Indian) is still No. 3.
The Orediggers will play at Eastern Oregon on Saturday. In other Frontier games, Southern Oregon will play at Carroll, Rocky will head to the College of Idaho, and MSU-Northern will travel to Dillon to take on Western.
2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (September 19)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2016 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Marian (Ind.) (15)||3-0||340|
|3||3||Saint Francis (Ind.)||3-0||315|
|7||7||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||4-0||260|
|8||8||Grand View (Iowa)||3-1||251|
|17||9||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||2-2||133|
|21||22||Dickinson State (N.D.)||2-1||78|
|22||14||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||2-2||76|
|23||18||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||3-1||56|
|24||RV||Dakota State (S.D.)||3-1||24|
|T25||NR||Webber International (Fla.)||1-1||13|
Dropped from Top 25: Carroll (Mont.) (No. 21); Montana Western (No. 22); Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (No. 25)
Others Receiving Votes: Montana Western 12; Carroll (Mont.) 11; Peru State (Neb.) 9; Arizona Christian 9; Southeastern (Fla.) 6; Hastings (Neb.) 5; Bethel (Tenn.) 5.