Northwestern Football Remains Unanimous #1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the eighth-straight poll, the Northwestern College football team is the unanimous No.1 ranked team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Coaches’ Poll, taking all 18 first-place votes. The eighth poll also sets a new program record for most consecutive NAIA polls inside the top-25 at 73-straight polls.

Northwestern has now been ranked inside the top-5 for the 33rd-straight poll, and ninth-straight poll (including preseason poll) ranked No. 1 in the nation. The 73-straight polls inside the top-25 sets a new record that was set at 72 from Oct. 25, 2005 to Sept. 12, 2011.

Dordt moves up two spots after their 49-0 win over Briar Cliff, now sitting No. 23 in the NAIA.

This week’s edition of the NAIA top-25 comes following the first regular season win over the Morningside Mustangs with a 34-20 win at De Valois Stadium in heavy snowfall. The Red Raiders dominated the second half, holding Morningside scoreless in the third and fourth quarters. The program record win streak continues at 22-straight games and counting. 

For the first time in a few weeks, there’s a new look to the NAIA top-5 following the Northwestern-Morningside game. Northwestern remains at No. 1 and Grand View (8-0) at No. 2, while Indiana Wesleyan (8-0) and Marian (Ind.) (8-0) both slide up a spot to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. The Mustangs (8-1) dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 in this week’s poll.

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
11Northwestern (Iowa) [18]9-0418
22Grand View (Iowa)8-0402
34Indiana Wesleyan8-0383
45Marian (Ind.)8-0370
53Morningside (Iowa)8-1350
66Keiser (Fla.)6-2340
78College of Idaho8-1316
89Georgetown (Ky.)6-1312
910Bethel (Tenn.)8-1279
1012Evangel (Mo.)9-0257
117Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)6-2254
1211Carroll (Mont.)7-1252
1313Montana Western7-1249
1414Benedictine (Kan.)7-2198
1515Saint Xavier (Ill.)5-3186
1616Texas Wesleyan7-1176
1717St. Thomas (Fla.)6-3157
1818Dickinson State (N.D.)7-1136
1920OUAZ (Ariz.)8-1127
2019Concordia (Mich.)6-2122
2121Reinhardt (Ga.)6-2103
2223Montana Tech5-370
2325Dordt (Iowa)6-256
2424Southwestern (Kan.)7-244
2521Baker (Kan.)6-226
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