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CSFL - Mon, Oct. 2, 2017

Langston University busted into the NAIA's Top 10 in the latest version of the NAIA Football Coaches' Poll. The Lions received a No. 9 ranking in the poll and moved up from last week's previous ranking of 11th. Langston received 229 points in the poll and is 23 points back of #8 Southern Oregon. The Lions are 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Central States Football League play.

Arizona Christian fell from No. 10 to a No. 18 ranking after a 43-6 loss to Southwestern Assemblies of God over the weekend. The Firestorm received 115 points in the poll and are nine points back of No. 17 Sterling (Kan.).

Southwestern Assemblies of God University broke into the NAIA's Top 25 and claimed the No. 23 spot after previously being unranked. The Lions received 32 total points in the poll and last appeared in the Top 25 on Ocotober 26, 2015.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Saint Francis (Ind.) maintained its No. 1 ranking, as the top five teams in the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll remained unchanged for a fourth-straight week, the national office announced Monday. The Cougars garnered all 15 first-place votes en route to 340 total points.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis downed conference rival then-No. 8 Marian (Ind.), 31-24, last Saturday to lock down the No. 1 ranking for a seventh-straight poll. The game-winning touchdown came with 6:50 remaining in the contest when Justin Green capped a 13-play, 89-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. 
• Saint Francis enters the week riding an NAIA-best 14-game winning streak. The Cougars host No. 20 Concordia (Mich.) on Saturday.
• Three new teams joined the Top 25 for the third-consecutive week – No. 23 SAGU (Texas), No. 24 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 25 Kansas Wesleyan. SAGU, the only team among the trio not ranked earlier this season, is off to a 4-1 start, including a dominant 43-6 win over then-No. 10 Arizona Christian last weekend. The Lions last appeared in the Top 25 on October 26, 2015.
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 10 Georgetown (Ky.) (25), No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) (20) and No. 11 Saint Xavier (14).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 130-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 79-straight polls.

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.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes."
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (October 2, 2017)

11Saint Francis (Ind.) (15)5-0340
22Baker (Kan.)6-0327
33Reinhardt (Ga.)4-0311
44Morningside (Iowa)5-0302
55Montana Tech4-0289
66Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)5-0274
77Grand View (Iowa)5-1260
89Southern Oregon5-0252
911Langston (Okla.)4-0229
1012Georgetown (Ky.)4-0214
1113Saint Xavier (Ill.)4-1213
1214Doane (Neb.)4-1186
138Marian (Ind.)2-2179
1418Benedictine (Kan.)5-1166
1516Southeastern (Fla.)3-1156
1617Tabor (Kan.)3-1149
1719Sterling (Kan.)4-1124
1810Arizona Christian4-1115
1915Northwestern (Iowa)4-1110
2021Concordia (Mich.)5-0106
2120Dickinson State (N.D.)4-1105
2225Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)4-258
23NRSAGU (Texas)4-132
24RVHastings (Neb.)4-123
25RVKansas Wesleyan3-215

Dropped from the Top 25: Cumberland (Tenn.) (No. 22); Peru State (Neb.) (No. 23); Midland (Neb.) (No. 24) 

Others Receiving Votes: Cumberland (Tenn.) 13; Peru State (Neb.) 11; Cumberlands (Ky.) 8; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 5; Campbellsville (Ky.) 5; Bethany (Kan.) 5; Dakota State (S.D.) 5. 

^ Top 25 ranking from September 25, 2017, Top 25 Poll

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