Tech, Western crack Top 25 football poll

Montana Tech and Montana Western have clearly gotten the attention the rest of the NAIA nation.

The Orediggers and Bulldogs both cracked the Top 25 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll, which was released today.

The poll is the first since the Aug. 10 preseason rankings.

The Orediggers, ranked for the first time since early in the 2013 season, received the No. 15 ranking after Saturday’s win over then-No. 4 Carroll College.

Western went from receiving votes to the No. 19 ranking after Saturday’s 24-20 thrilling victory over the College of Idaho.

Carroll fell three spots to No. 7, while Southern Oregon dropped from the top spot to No. 4. Marian (Ind.) is the new No. 1 team.

Eastern Oregon, Tech’s opponent on Saturday, received votes after being ranked No. 13 in the preseason poll.

2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1 (Sept. 14)

11Marian (Ind.) (15)2-0340
23Morningside (Iowa)2-0327
37Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)2-0312
41Southern Oregon1-1276
510Faulkner (Ala.)2-0274
615Baker (Kan.)3-0272
7T4Carroll (Mont.)1-1268
8T4Saint Xavier (Ill.)2-1257
912Northwestern (Iowa)2-0246
106Grand View (Iowa)2-1223
1120Robert Morris (Ill.)2-0197
1219William Penn (Iowa)2-1183
139Missouri Valley2-1180
1422Doane (Neb.)2-0164
15NRMontana Tech2-0155
1617Valley City State (N.D.)2-1120
17RVSaint Francis (Ind.)2-090
1825Benedictine (Kan.)2-188
19RVMontana Western2-086
2024Webber International (Fla.)2-181
218MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)1-274
22NRDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)3-061
2318Langston (Okla.)1-160
T2422Tabor (Kan.)1-154
T24RVReinhardt (Ga.)2-054

Dropped from the Top 25: Georgetown (Ky.) (No. 11), Ottawa (Kan.) (No. 14), Eastern Oregon (No. 13), Campbellsville (Ky.) (No. 16), Friends (Kan.) (No. 21)

Others Receiving Votes: Ottawa (Kan.) 40; Georgetown (Ky.) 35; Siena Heights (Mich.) 11; Eastern Oregon 9; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 6; Kansas Wesleyan 3.

^ Top 25 ranking from 2015 Preseason Top 25 Poll

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