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M'side & N'western move up in NAIA football poll

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Morningside is ranked third in the new NAIA football poll. Morningside is ranked third in the new NAIA football poll.

For the 24th time since 1999, Georgetown (Ky.) boasts the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Tigers slid up one spot after previous No. 1 Marian (Ind.) fell, 23-6, at then-No. 5 Saint Xavier (Ill.) on Nov. 3.

The 2012 NAIA Football Championship Series 16-team field and first round pairings will be announced on Sunday at 3 p.m. CST on www.NAIA.org. The certified conference champions rated in the top 20 (including ties) in the Final Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which will be announced on Sunday at 1 p.m., will automatically qualify for the Football Championship Series. The highest rated independent team - provided it is ranked in the top 20 - shall also automatically qualify. The remaining at-large berths will be awarded based on the final ranking.

The Nos. 2 - 4 all improved one position after Marian's loss. No. 2 Missouri Valley notched the remaining first-place vote and 298 points. The Vikings joined Georgetown and Morningside (Iowa) as the only remaining unbeaten teams at 9-0 with a 35-21 victory against then-No. 15 Evangel (Mo.) on Nov. 3. Third-ranked Morningside captured 294 points to crack the top three for only the second time since 2005.
RANK
LAST TIME
SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)
2012 RECORD
TOTAL POINTS
1
2
Georgetown (Ky.) (13)
9-0
314
2
3
Missouri Valley (1)
9-0
298
3
4
Morningside (Iowa)
9-0
294
4
5
Saint Xavier (Ill.)
8-1
278
5
1
Marian (Ind.)
8-1
258
6
6
Saint Francis (Ind.)
7-2
245
7
7
Montana Tech
8-1
243
8
8
Cumberlands (Ky.)
9-1
225
9
9
Grand View (Iowa)
8-2
221
10
11
St. Ambrose (Iowa)
8-1
207
11
12
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
7-2
204
T12
13
Baker (Kan.)
7-2
172
T12
14
Southern Oregon
7-2
172
14
17
Northwestern (Iowa)
8-2
159
15
10
William Penn (Iowa)
8-2
151
16
19
Ottawa (Kan.)
7-2
133
17
20
Tabor (Kan.)
7-2
120
18
21
Bethel (Tenn.)
7-3
115
19
15
Evangel (Mo.)
7-3
89
20
24
Doane (Neb.)
6-3
79
21
RV
Cumberland (Tenn.)
7-3
72
22
16
Carroll (Mont.)
6-4
57
23
RV
Bacone (Okla.)
6-2
33
24
RV
St. Francis (Ill.)
6-4
28
25
18
Benedictine (Kan.)
6-4
25
Others receiving votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 21; Hastings (Neb.) 7; Robert Morris (Ill.) 5.
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