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)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Marian (Ind.) (15)||2-0||340|
|3||7||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||2-0||312|
|8||T4||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||2-1||257|
|10||6||Grand View (Iowa)||2-1||223|
|11||20||Robert Morris (Ill.)||2-0||197|
|12||19||William Penn (Iowa)||2-1||183|
|16||17||Valley City State (N.D.)||2-1||120|
|17||RV||Saint Francis (Ind.)||2-0||90|
|20||24||Webber International (Fla.)||2-1||81|
|21||8||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||1-2||74|
|22||NR||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||3-0||61|
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