Northwestern heads into final week of the season as Top-Ranked team in the NAIA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the tenth-straight poll, the Northwestern College football team is the No.1 ranked team in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll, taking all 18 first-place votes. The poll streak of being ranked inside the top-25 continues at a program-best 74-straight polls. Northwestern has now been ranked inside the top-5 for the 34th-straight poll.

The Red Raiders are one of four undefeated teams left in the NAIA this season, and just one of two with 10 wins (Evangel (Mo.)). Grand View (Iowa) and Indiana Wesleyan are the other undefeated teams.

It’s the second-straight week with a shake-up in the top-5 after a thrilling (3) Indiana Wesleyan/(4) Marian clash on Saturday and a Morningside loss to Dordt. Northwestern and Grand View continue to hold the top-2 spots, while Indiana Wesleyan (9-0) remains at No. 3. Keiser (Fla.) (7-2) and College of Idaho (8-1) move into the top-5 at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

In the GPAC, Dordt moves up six spots after their first-ever victory over Morningside. The Mustangs drop out of the top-10 after back-to-back losses, now at No. 12.

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
11Northwestern (Iowa) [18]10-0418
22Grand View (Iowa)9-0402
33Indiana Wesleyan9-0386
46Keiser (Fla.)7-2365
57College of Idaho8-1341
68Georgetown (Ky.)7-1336
74Marian (Ind.)8-1334
89Bethel (Tenn.)9-1299
910Evangel (Mo.)10-0278
1013Montana Western8-1272
1111Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)7-2266
125Morningside (Iowa)8-2247
1315Saint Xavier (Ill.)6-3217
1414Benedictine (Kan.)8-2203
1516Texas Wesleyan8-1186
1612Carroll (Mont.)7-2163
1723Dordt (Iowa)7-2155
1817St. Thomas (Fla.)7-3153
1919OUAZ (Ariz.)7-1143
2018Dickinson State (N.D.)8-1125
2121Reinhardt (Ga.)7-2103
2225Baker (Kan.)7-268
2222Montana Tech6-368
24RVFriends (Kan.)8-241
25RVLouisiana Christian8-122

Dropped From Top 25: Concordia (Mich.); Southwestern (Kan.)

Receiving Votes: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 15; Roosevelt (Ill.) 11; Concordia (Mich.) 7; Southwestern (Kan.) 6

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