Red Raiders Hold No. 1 spot in NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After an overtime comeback win on the road at NCAA Division I FCS Drake on Saturday, the Northwestern College football team (2-0, 1-0 GPAC) holds onto the No. 1 ranking in the first regular season NAIA Coaches top 25 poll. The Red Raiders picked up all 18 first-place votes. Northwestern has now been ranked inside the top-5 for the 26th-straight poll.

The Red Raiders have picked up right where they left off in 2022, picking up wins in the first two games and extending their win-streak to 15-straight games. Both wins this season have come against schools with the nickname Bulldogs in Concordia (Neb.) (48-35) and Drake (27-24 (OT)).

The NAIA top-5 sees the same five as the preseason poll, just with a slightly different arrangement. Previously No. 2-ranked Keiser (Fla.) (1-1) dropped to No. 4 after falling to an NCAA Division II foe. Grand View slid up to No. 2, followed by Morningside at No. 3. Indiana Wesleyan remains at No. 5, despite also picking up a win over an NCAA FCS team in Valparaiso (Ind.) on Saturday.

GPAC IN THE TOP-25

No. 1 NORTHWESTERN RED RAIDERS (2-0, 1-0 GPAC)

No. 3 Morningside Mustangs (2-0, 1-0 GPAC)

No. 19 Dordt Defenders (2-0, 2-0 GPAC)

RV(10) Midland Warriors (3-0, 2-0 GPAC)

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