Blue Hawks Ranked #18 in 2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Postseason

Blue Hawks Ranked #18 in 2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Postseason

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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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.

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
2 7 Southern Oregon 11-3 252
3 1 Morningside (Iowa) 11-2 240
4 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) 11-1 233
5 3 Baker (Kan.) 11-2 221
6 3 Grand View (Iowa) 11-2 209
7 5 Montana Tech 10-2 207
8 8 Tabor (Kan.) 11-2 191
9 9 Doane (Neb.) 9-2 174
10 12 Reinhardt (Ga.) 9-2 159
11 11 Campbellsville (Ky.) 8-3 156
12 16 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7-3 153
13 13 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 8-3 152
14 10 Kansas Wesleyan 10-2 143
15 14 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 9-2 121
16 15 Montana Western 7-3 108
17 17 Point (Ga.) 8-3 102
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
21 21 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-4 56
22 22 Arizona Christian 6-3 46
23 T23 Faulkner (Ala.) 7-3 36
24 T23 William Penn (Iowa) 7-4 35
25 25 Georgetown (Ky.) 6-4 27

Dropped from the Top 25: None

Others receiving votes: Sterling (Kan.) 4; Cumberlands (Ky.) 3; Robert Morris (Ill.) 3.