Orediggers unranked in preseason football poll

Orediggers unranked in preseason football poll
Montana Tech players take the field for thier Oct. 28 game against Rocky Mountain College at Alumni Coliseum. (Butte Sports file photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech’s football team will enter the 2018 season unranked.

The Orediggers finished just out of the Top 25 in the NAIA preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released today. Tech was the top vote getter in the “others receiving votes” category.

Montana Tech was ranked No. 6 this time last season.

In 2017, Tech was ranked as high as No. 5 before the injury-plagued Orediggers lost four of their final six games and finished at 6-4.

Two-time defending national champion Saint Fancis (Indiana) opens the season as the No. 1-ranked team. Reinhardt (Georgia) is No. 2, followed by Morningside (Iowa) and Southern Oregon.

Frontier Conference coaches picked Southern Oregon to win the title this season.

Rocky Mountain College is the only other Frontier Conference team ranked in the preseason poll. The Battlin’ Bears came in at No. 20. The College of Idaho also received votes.

The Orediggers open camp this week. Their first game is Sept. 1 at the College of Idaho.

2018 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Preseason (August 6, 2018)

RANK PREVIOUS SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES) RECORD POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (16) 14-0 366
2 2 Reinhardt (Ga.) 12-1 349
3 3 Morningside (Iowa) 13-1 340
4 4 Southern Oregon 12-1 324
5 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 11-1 310
6 6 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 10-2 296
7 7 Georgetown (Ky.) 9-2 268
7 8 Northwestern (Iowa) 10-3 268
9 9 Baker (Kan.) 10-2 259
10 11 Grand View (Iowa) 9-3 231
11 10 Southeastern (Fla.) 8-2 227
12 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 9-3 197
13 14 Dickinson State (N.D.) 9-2 178
14 13 Langston (Okla.) 10-1 177
15 18 Marian (Ind.) 7-3 167
16 15 Concordia (Mich.) 9-2 163
17 16 Sterling (Kan.) 9-3 159
18 17 Tabor (Kan.) 8-2 95
19 20 Campbellsville (Ky.) 8-2 86
20 NR Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 6-5 75
21 21 Kansas Wesleyan 8-3 67
22 19 SAGU (Texas) 8-3 51
22 NR Arizona Christian 7-3 51
24 22 Faulkner (Ala.) 7-3 46
25 23 Dakota State (S.D.) 8-3 44

 

Dropped from the Top 25: Oklahoma Panhandle State, Evangel (Mo.)

Others Receiving Votes: Montana Tech (44), Evangel (Mo.) (17), Oklahoma Panhandle State (15), St. Francis (Ill.) (12), College of Idaho (10), William Penn (Iowa) (10), Missouri Valley (9), Midland (Neb.) (8), Bluefield (Va.) 3



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