Well, the new polls are out for the divisions of college football that Balladeer’s Blog covers. I’ll have the entire Top 25 lists in a moment, but first, since this is the last poll for September let’s take a closer look at our number 1 teams at present.
NAIA – The unanimous number 1 team continues to be the Saint Xavier University Cougars. Coach Mike Feminis, AKA Coach Fem, knows football even better than he knows B-Movies, all of which makes him one of my favorite coaches in college sports. This past weekend the Cougars completely dismantled the Trinity International Trojans by a score of 49-14. The Menlo Oaks, making a name for themselves this year by consistently defeating NCAA Division 3 teams, make their first appearance in the 2011 Top 25, as do the Evangel Crusaders and the VCS Vikings.
NCAA DIVISION 3 – The Whitewater Warhawks maintain their stranglehold on the top spot, with the Mt Union Purple Raiders naturally right behind them at number 2. For newbies to D3 football, the Warhawks and Purple Raiders are the Yankees and Red Sox of the sport and have played each other in the D3 national championship game for the past 6 years in a row. Each team has won 3 during that run. Will it be “Purple Bowl VII” this December 16th, or will another team manage to rise up in the playoffs and actually beat one of these two powerhouses?
NCAA DIVISION 2 – The Northwest Missouri Bearcats, after a cruel and heart- breaking offseason, are getting it done on the field and are number 1 for the 2nd week in a row. This week the Bearcats prepare for the Fall Classic against the Pittsburg (KS) State Gorillas coming up on Saturday. At 2, 3 and 5 in Division 2 are 3/5’s of the pitifully few remaining teams in the Gulf South Conference, formerly the SEC of D2 football. In second place are Terry Bowden’s North Alabama Lions, in the 3 spot are the Lions’ GSC rivals, the Delta State Statesemen and the VSU Blazers are at number 5.
NJCAA – The Navarro College Bulldogs, the defending champions of NJCAA football, retain the top spot. The ‘dogs from Corsicana, TX have rarely been challenged so far this season outside of opening night, when they needed overtime to win the rematch with the Butler (KS) Grizzlies, the team they defeated for the title on December 5th. The Blinn College Buccaneers, where Cam Newton played college ball before transferring to Auburn, clung to the 2 spot, with the Arizona Western College Matadors and the Iowa Western Reivers hanging around the Top 5.
SCFA – The Saddleback Gauchos are the new number 1 in the SCFA poll, after the former number one, and the defending champs, the Mt San Antonio College Mounties, were upset by the Riverside Tigers on Saturday. The 4th place Tigers garnered 2 number 1 votes after bringing down Mt SAC and 3 more went to the 2nd place team, the El Camino Warriors. The Mounties themselves fell to number 5, just behind the team that unseated them, and coming in at the 3 spot are the Fullerton Hornets. Mt SAC is the only team in the Top 5 with a loss so far this season.
NCFA – Out of the NorCal Conference of the NCFA come the City College of San Francisco Rams, stubbornly continuing to cling to the number 1 position in the poll. The Rams host the number 6 team, De Anza College, this week. In fact, there will be no less than 5 games this week pitting Top 20 teams in the NCFA poll against each other. The Butte College Roadrunners and the American River Beavers are among the teams breathing down the necks of the Rams, with the Roadrunners in the best position to possibly take over the top spot if the Rams falter in their next game.
AND NOW, THE COMPLETE POLLS –
NAIA -1. SXU COUGARS … 2. ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS … 3. MARIAN KNIGHTS … 4. CC FIGHTING SAINTS … 5. WILLIAM PENN STATESMEN … 6. MVC VIKINGS … 7. GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS … 8. MID AMERICA NAZARENE PIONEERS … 9. EASTERN OREGON MOUNTAINEERS … 10. MORNINGSIDE MUSTANGS … 11. SOUTHERN NAZARENE CRIMSON STORM … 12. BENEDICTINE RAVENS … 13. AZUSA PACIFIC COUGARS … 14. MIDLAND WARRIORS … 15. BETHANY SWEDES … 16. ST FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS … 17. DOANE TIGERS … 18. DAKOTA WESLEYAN TIGERS … 19. CAMPBELLSVILLE TIGERS … 20. ST AMBROSE FIGHTING BEES … 21. OTTAWA (KS) BRAVES … 22. MSUN LIGHTS … 23. VCS VIKINGS … 24. MENLO OAKS … 25. EVANGEL CRUSADERS
D3 – 1. UWW WARHAWKS … 2. MUC PURPLE RAIDERS … 3. ST THOMAS TOMMIES … 4. MHBU CRUSADERS … 5. BETHEL (MN) ROYALS … 6. LINFIELD WILDCATS … 7. WHEATON THUNDER … 8. THOMAS MORE SAINTS … 9. N CENTRAL CARDINALS … 10. KEAN COUGARS … 11. WESLEY WOLVERINES … 12. MSU REDHAWKS … 13. REDLANDS BULLDOGS … 14. ALFRED SAXONS … 15. WABASH LITTLE GIANTS … 16. WITTENBERG TIGERS … 17. TRINE THUNDER … 18. CORTLAND STATE RED DRAGONS … 19. LC WILDCATS … 20. CAL LUTHERAN KINGSMEN … 21. DV AGGIES … 22. WARTBURG KNIGHTS … 23. JOHNS HOPKINS BLUE JAYS … 24. OHIO NORTHERN POLAR BEARS … 25. SALISBURY SEAGULLS
D2 – 1. NWMU BEARCATS … 2. UNA LIONS … 3. DELTA STATE STATESMEN … 4. SHEPHERD RAMS … 5. VSU BLAZERS … 6. BLOOMSBURG HUSKIES … 7. WAYNE STATE WARRIORS … 8. ACU WILDCATS … 9. WASHBURN ICHABODS … 10. UMD BULLDOGS … 11. UNK LOPERS … 12. ALBANY STATE GOLDEN RAMS … 13. KU GOLDEN BEARS … 14. WTAM BUFFALOES … 15. CALIFORNIA (PA) VULCANS … 16. PITT STATE GORILLAS … 17. SCS HUSKIES … 18. CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES … 19. PUEBLO THUNDERWOLVES … 20. HILLSDALE CHARGERS … 21. MICHIGAN TECH HUSKIES … 22. MSU MUSTANGS … 23. EDINBORO FIGHTING SCOTS … 24. WINSTON-SALEM RAMS … 25. COLORADO MINES OREDIGGERS