November 6, 2017

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Baker Football Ranked No. 7 this Week


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – In the ninth edition of the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the Baker University football team dropped from No. 2 to No. 7, announced on Monday.


The Wildcats are 9-1 this season and 3-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division standings.


Baker is coming off its first conference loss in over two years, as they fell to Missouri Valley, 27-22, this past Saturday.


BU will next travel to No. 23 ranked Evangel on Saturday, November 11 at 12 p.m. for a shot at the 2017 Heart South Conference Championship.


A win over the Crusaders would give Baker its third-straight Heart South title and fourth Heart conference championship in the last five years.


The Crusaders enter the game 7-3 and a perfect 4-0 in the Heart South, as they have won five-straight games dating back to Oct. 7.


Also ranked from the Heart this week includes No. 6 Grand View, who fell to the Wildcats, 48-41, back on Sept. 2 and No. 15 Benedictine.


The Wildcats are still the No. 2 ranked scoring offense in the NAIA, averaging 49.7 points and JD Woods is still the nations leading scorer with 144 points.


Nick Snider has jumped up to No. 2 in the NAIA in receptions per game at 8.1. His 18 receptions against Missouri Valley were the most in school history in a single game.


Nate McLaurin continues to perform on both sides of the ball, as he ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in total punt return yards with 248.


Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis now owns 15 all-time No. 1 rankings, which is the fourth-most top billings since the 1999 season. 
• The Cougars ended the regular-season with a 10-0 record after defeating Taylor (Ind.), 40-20, over the weekend. The victory pushes Saint Francis’ current NAIA-best winning streak to 19-straight games.
• Due to an upset loss by Baker (Kan.), Southern Oregon joins the top five at No. 5 for the first time this season. This shift ends a streak of three-straight weeks where there were no changes in the top five teams. 
• No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 25 Concordia (Neb.) are the two newcomers to the Top 25. The Coyotes return to the poll following a two-week hiatus, while the Bulldogs garner recognition for the first time since the spring edition. 
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) (25), No. 3 Morningside (Iowa) (20), Saint Francis (15) and No. 9 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 135-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 84-straight polls.


To view the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.




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