Willamette Enters Division III Poll for First Time Since 2010

With the weekend seeing three different matchups between Top 25 teams, the inevitable losses were enough to allow Willamette (Ore.) to find its way into the AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll for the first time since Sept. 27, 2010, at No. 24. Willamette defeated Whitworth (Wash.), 38-24, to improve their record to 5-0 on the season. Wesley (Del.) keeps its spot on the poll at No. 6 after scoring the game-clinching touchdown in the last three minutes of the fourth quarter against then-No. 11 Birmingham-Southern (Ala.), who falls eight spots to No. 19 after the loss.

Bethel (Minn.), retains its spot at No. 7 after avoiding an upset to then-No. 23 Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) by scoring the go-ahead touchdown and two-point conversion as time expired in the fourth quarter. Mount Union (Ohio) remained in its No. 1 spot, with 41 first-place votes, while No. 2 Mary Hard-Baylor (Texas) took the last vote.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll - October 1, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (41) 5-0 1049 1 D. Wilmington (Ohio), 66-0 Oct. 13 vs. Capital (Ohio)
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (1) 5-0 1008 2 D. Texas Lutheran, 49-31 Oct. 13 at Louisiana College
3. St. Thomas (Minn.) 5-0 928 3 D. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 28-14 Oct. 13 vs. No. 7 Bethel (Minn.)
4. Linfield (Ore.) 4-0 893 4 Idle Oct. 13 vs. Whitworth (Wash.)
5. Wis.-Whitewater 4-1 856 5 D. Wis.-River Falls, 35-0 Oct. 13 vs. Wis.-Stout
6. Wesley (Del.) 4-1 843 6 D. No. 11 Birmingham-Southern (Ala.), 26-17 Oct. 13 vs. Virginia-Lynchburg
7. Bethel (Minn.) 5-0 773 7 D. No. 23 Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 15-14 Oct. 13 at No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.)
8. Hobart (N.Y.) 6-0 716 9 D. Springfield (Mass.), 28-7 Oct. 20 vs. Rennselaer (Mass.)
9. Salisbury (Md.) 4-1 691 10 D. No. 17 St. John Fisher (Minn.), 28-17 Oct. 13 vs. Hartwick (N.Y.)
10. North Central (Ill.) 4-1 587 12 D. Millikin (Ill.), 42-22 Oct. 13 vs. North Park (Ill.)
11. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 5-0 514 13 Idle Oct. 13 at Dickinson (Pa.)
12. Cal Lutheran 3-1 507 14 D. Redlands (Calif.), 45-35 Oct. 13 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.)
13. Illinois Wesleyan 5-0 506 15 D. North Park (Ill.), 44-7 Oct. 13 vs. Carthage (Wisc.)
14. Wis.-Platteville 4-1 494 16 D. Wis.-La Crosse, 40-10 Oct. 13 at No. 18 Wis.-Oshkosh
15. Widener (Pa.) 5-0 431 17 D. Stevenson (Md.), 56-20 Oct. 20 at Lycoming (Pa.)
16. Wis.-Oshkosh 5-0 410 18 D. Wis.-Eau Claire, 50-13 Oct. 13 vs. No. 14 Wis.-Platteville
17. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 4-1 338 8 Lost to No. 10 Salisbury (Md.), 28-17 Oct. 13 vs. Alfred (N.Y.)
18. Wabash (Ind.) 4-1 311 19 D. Wittenberg (Ohio), 27-24 Oct. 13 at Washington U. (Mo.)
19. Birmingham-Southern (Ala.) 5-1 304 11 Lost to No. 6 Wesley (Del.), 26-17 Oct. 13 at Trinity (Texas)
20. Heidelberg (Ohio) 5-0 263 22 D. Capital (Ohio), 45-10 Oct. 13 vs. Otterbein (Ohio)
21. Wheaton (Ill.) 4-1 259 21 D. Carthage (Wisc.), 44-10 Oct. 13 at Elmhurst (Ill.)
22. Coe (Iowa) 5-0 160 25 D. Loras (Iowa), 69-7 Oct. 13 at Dubuque (Iowa)
23. Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) 4-1 119 24 D. Ohio Northern, 22-20 Oct. 13 vs. Wilmington (Ohio)
24. Willamette (Ore.) 5-0 101 NR D. Whitworth (Wash.), 38-24 Oct. 13 vs. Lewis & Clark (Ore.)
25. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 4-1 90 23 Lost to No. 7 Bethel (Minn.), 15-14 Oct. 13 vs. Hamline (Minn.)

Dropped Out: Wittenberg (Ohio) (20).

Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana College, 88; Wittenberg (Ohio), 68; Salve Regina (R.I.), 58; Rowan (N.J.), 49; Franklin (Ind.), 32; Gettysburg (Pa.), 28; Otterbein (Ohio), 28; Concordia (Ill.), 23; Thomas More (Ky.), 23; Waynesburg (Pa.), 22; Huntingdon (Ala.), 21; John Carroll (Ohio), 15; Lycoming (Pa.), 13; Bridgewater (Va.), 9; Augsburg (Minn.), 6; Washington & Lee (Va.), 6; Ithaca (N.Y.), 3; Whittier (Calif.), 3; Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), 2; Randolph-Macon (Va.), 1; Trinity (Conn.), 1.

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