Orediggers up to No. 16

Montana Tech moved up one spot to No. 16 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, which was released Monday afternoon.

The move comes two days after Tech’s defense scored two touchdowns in a 24-6 win over then-No. 22 Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

The Orediggers (3-1) are ranked for third straight week. They started at No. 20 before moving to No. 17 last week.

Carroll College moved up three spots to No. 8 after Saturday’s 28-7 beating of Eastern Oregon, which fell from No. 8 to No. 14.

Rocky fell out of the top 25.

The Orediggers put their No. 16 ranking on the line Saturday when they play host to Southern Oregon. The game caps Homecoming week for the Orediggers.

2012 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (Sept. 24)

RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2012 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) 4-0 314
2 2 Marian (Ind.) 4-0 301
3 3 Georgetown (Ky.) 4-0 291
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 4-0 272
4 5 Missouri Valley 4-0 272
6 6 Benedictine (Kan.) 4-0 249
7 7 William Penn (Iowa) 4-0 242
8 11 Carroll (Mont.) 3-2 220
9 10 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3-0 213
10 12 Saint Francis (Ind.) 3-1 203
11 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 2-1 185
12 14 Cumberlands (Ky.) 4-0 184
13 9 Baker (Kan.) 4-1 166
14 8 Eastern Oregon 2-1 160
15 16 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-1 156
16 17 Montana Tech 3-1 126
17 18 St. Francis (Ill.) 3-2 111
18 15 Grand View (Iowa) 3-2 95
19 21 Cumberland (Tenn.) 3-1 85
19 23 Doane (Neb.) 3-1 85
21 20 Valley City State (N.D.) 3-1 77
22 19 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 3-0 72
23 24 Kansas Wesleyan 3-1 63
24 25 Menlo (Calif.) 4-1 32
25 RV Faulkner (Ala.) 3-1 29

Others receiving votes: Friends (Kan.) 19; Hastings (Neb.) 13; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 7.



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