FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2017
Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications
Football Stays at No. 2 in Coaches’ Top 25 Poll
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After starting the season 3-0 for the fourth-straight time, the Baker University football team holds onto the No. 2 spot in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.
The Wildcats have defeated then-No. 23 William Penn, 31-27, then No. 9 Grand View 48-41 and Culver-Stockton, 67-7 to open up the year.
Three other Heart schools are ranked including No. 9 Grand View, No. 16 Benedictine and No. 19 MNU. Missouri Valley is receiving votes.
Baker next takes on Graceland this Saturday, Sept. 16 on Homecoming inside Liston Stadium at 1 p.m. The Wildcats have defeated the Yellowjackets nine-straight times.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• The defending national champions are off to a 2-0 start this season, including a 68-23 victory against St. Francis (Ill.) in a Mid-States Football Association crossover contest. Senior quarterback Nick Ferrer threw for 301 yards and five touchdowns in the contest despite playing only in the first half.
• Saint Francis (2-0), which has been ranked among the top 10 in 22-straight polls, puts its 11-game winning streak on the line Saturday at No. 24 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (2-0).
• Four new teams joined the Top 25 this week – No. 16 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 23 Northwestern (Iowa) and No. 24 St. Ambrose. Northwestern is making its first appearance in the poll since ranking No. 22 on Nov. 2, 2015. The three other squads were all ranked at some point during the 2016 season.
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (Iowa) (20) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• No. 4 Morningside holds the longest active streak with 127-straight Top 25 mentions.
To watch Saturday’s game, please click here.
For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.