Heidelberg Earns First Ranking in Division III Coaches’ Poll

Mary Hardin-Baylor defeated the Trinity (Texas) Tigers this past weekend, 49-28, to hold strong at No. 2 and snag one first place vote from Mount Union (Ohio), who took the other 41 first place votes. Three previously ranked teams suffered losses this weekend, allowing Heidelberg (Ohio), Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), and Coe (Iowa) to move into the Top 25. Heidelberg has never been ranked in the Top 25 in the history of the poll, while Coe and Concordia-Moorhead had been in the poll in 2010 and 2005, respectively.

The rest of the top five remain unchanged, with St. Thomas (Minn.), Linfield (Ore.), and Wis.-Whitewater rounding off the top teams. No. 6 Wesley (Del.) had an impressive 25-22 win against then-No. 25 Louisiana College in the weekend’s only contest between ranked teams.

 

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll - September 24, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Last WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (41) 3-0 1049 1 D. Marietta (Ohio), 52-0 Sept. 29 vs. Ohio Northern
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (1) 3-0 1007 2 D. Trinity (Texas), 49-28 Sept. 29 at Sul Ross St. (Texas)
3. St. Thomas (Minn.) 3-0 942 3 Idle Sept. 29 at Carleton (Minn.)
4. Linfield (Ore.) 3-0 918 4 Idle Sept. 29 at Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)
5. Wis.-Whitewater 2-1 838 5 D. Wis.-Stevens Point, 34-7 Sept. 29 at No.12 Wis.-Platteville
6. Wesley (Del.) 3-1 795 7 D. No. 25 Louisiana College, 25-22 Oct. 6 vs. No. 13 Birmingham-Southern (Ala.)
7. Bethel (Minn.) 3-0 757 8 D. Carleton (Minn.), 52-14 Sept. 29 at Augsburg (Minn.)
8. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 4-0 734 9 D. Hartwick (N.Y.), 43-13 Oct. 6 vs. No.11 Salisbury (Md.)
9. Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) 3-0 647 10 D. Muskingum (Ohio), 13-6 OT Sept. 29 vs. Otterbein (Ohio)
10. Hobart (N.Y.) 4-0 596 12 D. Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 42-21 Sept. 29 at Worcester Polytechnic (Mass.)
11. Salisbury (Md.) 2-1 584 11 Idle Sept. 29 at Buffalo St. (N.Y.)
12. Wis.-Platteville 3-0 480 17 D. Wis.-Eau Claire, 49-19 Sept. 29 vs. No. 5 Wis.-Whitewater
13. Birmingham-Southern 4-0 474 13 D. Rhodes (Tenn.), 16-2 Sept. 29 vs. Austin (Texas)
14. North Central (Ill.) 2-1 470 14 Idle Sept. 29 vs. Elmhurst (Ill.)
15. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 4-0 436 16 D. Muhlenberg (Pa.), 33-21 Sept. 29 vs. Juniata (Pa.)
16. Illinois Wesleyan 3-0 411 15 D. Hope (Mich.), 23-13 Sept. 29 vs. Millikin (Ill.)
17. California Lutheran 4-0 381 19 Idle Sept. 29 vs. Pomona Pitzer (Calif.)
18. Widener (Pa.) 4-0 345 18 D. Wilkes (Pa.), 90-0 Sept. 29 at Lebanon Valley (Pa.)
19. Wis.-Oshkosh 3-0 293 20 D. Alma (Minn.) Sept. 29 at Wis.-River Falls
20. Wabash (Ind.) 2-1 238 6 Lost to Allegheny, 20-17 OT Sept. 29 vs. Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)
21. Wittenberg (Ohio) 3-0 217 23 D. Wooster (Ohio), 17-7 Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve (Ohio)
22. Wheaton (Ill.) 2-1 166 22 Idle Sept. 29 at Augustana (Ill.)
23. Heidelberg (Ohio) 3-0 133 NR D. Wilmington (Ohio), 56-2 Sept. 29 vs. Marietta (Ohio)
24. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 4-0 83 NR D. St. Johns (Minn.), 31-21 Oct. 6 at No. 7 Bethel (Minn.)
25. Coe (Iowa) 3-0 81 NR Idle Sept. 29 vs. Buena Vista (Iowa)

 

Dropped Out: Hampden-Sydney (Va.) (21), Buffalo St. (N.Y.) (24), Louisiana College (25).

Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana College, 75; Willamette (Ore.), 56; Franklin (Ind.), 48; Salve Regina (R.I.), 48; Ithaca (N.Y.), 46; Rowan (N.J.), 37; Albion (Mich.), 29; Hampden-Sydney (Va.), 24; Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), 21; Centre (Ky.), 21; Kean (N.J.), 19; Wis.-Stevens Point, 18; Gettysburg (Pa.), 16; Trinity (Texas.), 14; Norwich (Vt.), 13; Huntingdon (Ala.), 12; Illinois College, 11; Brockport St. (N.Y.), 8; Elmhurst (Ill.), 7; Washington & Lee (Va.), 6; Buffalo St. (N.Y.), 5; Millsaps (Miss.), 5; Rennselaer (N.Y.), 5; Lycoming (Pa.), 4; Muhlenberg (Pa.), 4; Williams (Mass.), 4; Trinity (Conn.), 3; Wartburg (Iowa), 3; Albright (Pa.), 2; Concordia (Wis.), 2; Delaware Valley, 2; Thomas More (Ky.); Bridgewater (Va.), 1; Concordia (Ill.), 1; Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), 1; Waynesburg (Pa.), 1; Wis.-Stout, 1.

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