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Morningside still #1 in NAIA football poll

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Morningside continues its reign as the top-ranked team in the nation in the NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll. Morningside continues its reign as the top-ranked team in the nation in the NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll.

Morningside continues its reign as the top-ranked team in the nation for the fifth-straight edition of the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Mustangs were again the unanimous selection with 14 first-place votes and 314 total points after improving to 4-0 with a 33-7 win over Midland (Neb.) on Oct. 5.

The Mustangs, who rank among the top five nationally in 12 statistical categories, are looking to become the first team to last the entire season at No. 1 since former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) accomplished the feat in 2009. Morningside has outscored its opponents 215-59 through four games in 2013 and is averaging 594.5 total yards per game. The Mustangs return to action Saturday against Hastings (Neb.).

Cumberlands (Ky.) retains its program-best No. 2 ranking for the second-straight week with 299 points. The Patriots (5-0) picked up their third win against a ranked opponent this season after defeating then-No. 14 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 52-45, last Saturday.

Grand View (Iowa) continues its climb up the Top 25, landing at No. 3 this week with 292 points. The ranking is the highest-ever for the Vikings, who started the year at No. 19. Grand View claimed arguably its biggest victory of the season over the weekend with a 48-21 win at then-No. 3 Saint Xavier (Ill.).


2013 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (Oct. 7)
RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) (14) 4-0 314
2 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-0 299
3 4 Grand View (Iowa) 5-0 292
4 6 Saint Francis (Ind.) 3-1 275
5 7 Benedictine (Kan.) 5-0 261
6 8 Missouri Valley 3-1 249
7 9 Carroll (Mont.) 4-1 235
8 10 Ottawa (Kan.) 4-1 230
9 11 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3-1 215
10 3 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-2 211
11 12 Baker (Kan.) 4-1 206
12 5 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-2 175
13 16 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 5-1 162
14 15 Tabor (Kan.) 4-1 160
15 17 Concordia (Neb.) 5-0 149
16 18 Valley City State (N.D.) 4-1 132
T17 20 Friends (Kan.) 4-1 120
T17 14 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5-1 120
19 24 Peru State (Neb.) 4-1 94
20 13 Doane (Neb.) 3-2 91
21 RV Trinity International (Ill.) 4-1 52
22 RV Nebraska Wesleyan 3-2 51
23 NR Faulkner (Ala.) 4-2 49
24 19 Montana State-Northern 4-2 43
25 RV St. Francis (Ill.) 3-2 16

Others Receiving Votes: Reinhardt (Ga.) 13; Robert Morris (Ill.) 7; Montana Western 3; Southern Oregon 3; Campbellsville (Ky.) 3; Siena Heights (Mich.) 3.

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