The Saint Xavier University Cougars remain at number 1 in the NAIA football poll for the 5th straight week, but to get some helmet variety in here I went with a pic of the 2nd ranked Marian University Knights. The Knights are enjoying another week at their highest ranking in team history and continue to make me look like a gridiron Nostradamus. Back in 2010 during the preseason I predicted that the Knights were about to take off in a big way. Marian then had a stellar season and won their first round playoff game, then this season came out blazing since Week 1 just to show last year was no fluke. The Menlo Oaks, meanwhile, move back into the Top 25 one week after falling out. The Chabot College Gladiators (love that name!) moved up to 10th in the NCFA Poll. And now the rankings in the divisions of college football covered by Balladeer’s Blog.
NAIA – 1. SXU COUGARS … 2. MARIAN KNIGHTS … 3. CC FIGHTING SAINTS (defending champs) … 4. MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS … 5. GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS … 6. ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS … 7. MIDAMERICA NAZARENE PIONEERS … 8. MORNINGSIDE MUSTANGS … 9. BENEDICTINE RAVENS … 10. AZUSA PACIFIC COUGARS (1st Top Ten ranking since 2006) … 11. WILLIAM PENN STATESMEN … 12. ST FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS (Upset former #4 William Penn) … 13. DAKOTA WESLEYAN TIGERS … 14. ST AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES … 15. SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CRIMSON STORM (Love that name!) … 16. OTTAWA (KS) BRAVES … 17. BETHEL (TN) WILDCATS … 18. VCS VIKINGS … 19. DOANE TIGERS … 20. CUMBERLAND BULLDOGS (Up 5 spots from last week) … 21. ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS … 22. BETHANY SWEDES (Down 8 spots from last week) … T23. EASTERN OREGON MOUNTAINEERS … T23. NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE RANGERS … 25. MENLO OAKS
NCAA D3- 1. WHITEWATER WARHAWKS (defending champs) … 2. MT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS (Warhawks and Purple Raiders have played each other in the last 6 D3 title games in a row, splitting 3 each) … 3. ST THOMAS TOMMIES … 4. MHBU CRUSADERS Continue reading