DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Football team kept the same national ranking at #18 in the 2015 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Postseason, released Monday, as they had in the final regular season rankings.
The Blue Hawks finished off their great season in a loss to Montana Tech in the first round of the NAIA championship. Dickinson State finished 8-3 overall and won the North Star Athletic Association Regular Season Championship after going 5-1.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• Marian (Ind.) earns its 12th all-time No. 1 ranking with 12 first-place votes and 262 total points. The Knights won the 2015 NAIA Football National Championship by defeating Southern Oregon, 31-14, on Dec. 19.
• 2015 Runner-up Southern Oregon comes in at No. 2 after receiving 252 total points.
• No. 3 Morningside (Iowa) (240 points), No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) (233 points) and No. 5 Baker (Kan.) (221 points) round out the top 5.
• Morningside extends the NAIA record for top 10 mentions to 60-straight polls, dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.
• Marian and Southern Oregon both jumped up five spots, highlighting the positive movement.
• No. 14 Kansas Wesleyan fell four spots, marking the largest negative movement within the Top 25.
• There are no newcomers in this week's edition.
• Four teams held the No. 1 ranking this season – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Marian, Morningside and Southern Oregon.
• The Mid-South Conference West Division leads all leagues with four teams represented – No. 10 Reinhardt (Ga.), No. 11 Campbellsville (Ky.), No. 13 Lindsey Wilson and No. 23 Faulkner (Ala.).
• All conferences are represented in the poll.
• The Frontier Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference, Heart of America North and Mid-States Football Association Midwest League all have three teams represented in the Top 25.
• Forty-one different teams were ranked in 2015.
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA-member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (20) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 111-straight Top 25 mentions, followed by Saint Xavier with 99-consecutive.
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• 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.
2015 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Postseason (Dec. 21)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||6||Marian (Ind.) (12)||12-2||262|
|4||4||Saint Francis (Ind.)||11-1||233|
|6||3||Grand View (Iowa)||11-2||209|
|12||16||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||7-3||153|
|13||13||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||8-3||152|
|15||14||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||9-2||121|
|18||T18||Dickinson State (N.D.)||8-3||91|
|19||T18||St. Francis (Ill.)||8-3||89|
|20||20||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||8-2||80|
|24||T23||William Penn (Iowa)||7-4||35|
Dropped from the Top 25: None
Others receiving votes: Sterling (Kan.) 4; Cumberlands (Ky.) 3; Robert Morris (Ill.) 3.