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MORNINGSIDE & NORTHWESTERN KEEP TOP 10 RANKINGS IN NAIA FOOTBALL POLL

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Morningside (Iowa) stays put at the top claiming the No. 1 in the third edition of the NAIA Football FirstDown Playbook Top 25 Poll. The Mustangs earned 17 first-place votes and 418 points for the second week in a row. The top four stayed the same from the previous poll with the addition of Concordia (Mich.) moving up one spot to No. 5.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.
  • Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • 2020-21 NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll – Poll 3 (March 29)
    RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1ST PLACE VOTES] RECORD FINAL POINTS
    1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [17] 8-0 418
    2 2 Grand View (Iowa) [1] 6-0 400
    3 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5-0 387
    4 4 Keiser (Fla.) 6-0 348
    5 6 Concordia (Mich.) 5-0 347
    6 5 College of Idaho 2-0 329
    7 7 Northwestern (Iowa) 8-1 319
    8 8 Baker (Kan.) 6-0 299
    9 10 Reinhardt (Ga.) 7-0 282
    10 9 Marian (Ind.) 3-1 281
    11 12 Saint Francis (Ind.) 2-1 266
    12 13 Dickinson State (N.D.) 9-0 249
    13 14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 6-0 235
    14 16 Arizona Christian 8-1 197
    15 11 Bethel (Kan.) 9-1 181
    16 17 Georgetown (Ky.) 4-1 163
    17 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-2 156
    18 18 Dordt (Iowa) 8-2 153
    19 20 Avila (Mo.) 7-1 141
    20 21 Eastern Oregon 2-0 132
    21 22 Roosevelt (Ill.) 4-1 98
    22 23 Southwestern (Kan.) 6-2 57
    23 24 Ottawa (Ariz.) 2-1 53
    24 NR Kansas Wesleyan 7-1 46
    25 NR Valley City State (N.D.) 5-2 18