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Langston University, Arizona Christian University and Southwestern Assemblies of God University moved up a spot or two in the October 9th NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Langston gained a spot in the poll and rose from No. 9 to No. 8. The Lions were 30 total votes shy of No. 7 Southern Oregon. Arizona Christian gained a couple of notches, moving up from #18 to #16. The Firestorm are 18 votes from No. 15 Sterling (Kan.). SW Assemblies of God bumbed up from No. 23 to No. 22 and were only seven total votes from tying for a No. 19 ranking.

2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll — No. 5

October 09, 2017
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By Alan Grosbach, Associate Director of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the eighth-straight edition, Saint Francis (Ind.) holds the No. 1 ranking in the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Cougars gathered all 15 first-place votes and 340 total points en route their 11th all-time No. 1 ranking.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis' top billing marks the 19th-consecutive time that a team from the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League has held the No. 1 mark in the poll. 
• The Cougars pushed their NAIA-best winning streak to 15-straight after a 35-18 victory over then-No. 20 Concordia (Neb.) last week in the NAIA Football Game of the Week. Saint Francis has now scored 31-or-more points in every game this season. 
• Saint Francis returns the gridiron Saturday at Siena Heights (Mich.).
• No. 24 Cumberland (Tenn.) is the only newcomer this week. The Phoenix return to the Top 25 following a dominant win over Cincinnati Christian (Ohio), 58-0.
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 9 Georgetown (Ky.) (25), No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) (20), No. 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) and Saint Francis (11).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 131-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 80-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. 5 (October 9, 2017)

11Saint Francis (Ind.) (15)6-0340
22Baker (Kan.)6-0327
33Reinhardt (Ga.)5-0312
44Morningside (Iowa)6-0303
56Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)5-0286
67Grand View (Iowa)5-1271
78Southern Oregon5-0266
89Langston (Okla.)5-0236
910Georgetown (Ky.)5-0235
1011Saint Xavier (Ill.)4-1223
115Montana Tech4-1213
1214Benedictine (Kan.)5-1195
1313Marian (Ind.)3-2191
1415Southeastern (Fla.)4-1171
1517Sterling (Kan.)5-1157
1618Arizona Christian5-1139
1719Northwestern (Iowa)5-1135
1821Dickinson State (N.D.)5-1121
T1912Doane (Neb.)4-277
T1924Hastings (Neb.)5-177
2120Concordia (Mich.)5-175
2223SAGU (Texas)4-170
2316Tabor (Kan.)3-268
24RVCumberland (Tenn.)5-222
2525Kansas Wesleyan4-219

Dropped from the Top 25: Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (No. 22) 

Others Receiving Votes: Montana Western 15; Campbellsville (Ky.) 12; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 7; Peru State (Neb.) 6; Dakota State (S.D.) 3; Dordt (Iowa) 3. 

^ Top 25 ranking from Oct. 2, 2017 Top 25 Poll

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