Saints ranked No. 2 in football poll

Carroll College will enter the football season as the No. 2 team in the NAIA coaches’ poll.

The Saints, who were picked to by Frontier Conference coaches to win the league after a 12-2 campaign in 2013, sit below only defending national champion Grand View of Iowa in the poll that was released this week.

Rocky Mountain College received the No. 9 raking in the poll, while fellow Frontier Conference team Southern Oregon is Ranked No. 22.

Eastern Oregon was the only other Frontier team to receive votes.

Montana Tech, which was ranked No. 7 in last year’s preseason poll, enters the 2014 season unranked. The Orediggers open Aug. 23 at unranked Montana Western.

2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll (August 11)

RANKLAST TIME^SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)2013 RECORDTOTAL POINTS
11Grand View (Iowa) (15)14-0340
22Carroll (Mont.)12-2322
34Morningside (Iowa)11-2308
43Cumberlands (Ky.)13-1306
55Baker (Kan.)11-2285
66Saint Francis (Ind.)9-3278
77Missouri Valley9-3269
88Tabor (Kan.)10-3236
910Rocky Mountain (Mont.)9-4226
109Faulkner (Ala.)9-3225
1111Benedictine (Kan.)10-2213
1212Georgetown (Ky.)7-4205
1313Northwestern (Iowa)8-3187
1414Ottawa (Kan.)8-4168
1515Sterling (Kan.)9-3159
16T16Saint Xavier (Ill.)7-4147
17T16St. Ambrose (Iowa)7-4130
1818Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)8-3123
1919Friends (Kan.)8-396
2020St. Francis (Ill.)7-488
2121Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)8-372
2224Southern Oregon7-452
2322Langston (Okla.)6-444
2423Peru State (Neb.)7-442
2525Cumberland (Tenn.)7-427


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