Weekend Shakes Up Top 25 with New Faces

The past weekend brought with it plenty of action in the Top 25 Poll, shaking up the rankings and bringing in three new faces in Cortland State (N.Y.), Franklin (Ind.), and Elmhurst (Ill.), at Nos. 23, 24, and 25 respectively. After receiving votes for the past two weeks, Elmhurst makes it onto the AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll for the first time ever with their win against North Park (Ill.), which improved their record to 7-1 on the season.

Elsewhere on the poll, Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) heavy-weights No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio) and new-No. 17 Heidelberg (Ohio) battled it out for control of the conference. Heidelberg broke Mount Union’s shutout streak at six games, but the Purple Raiders emerged victorious with a 33-14 win. After losing their first conference game in four years last week, Wisconsin-Whitewater was shocked by Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday, losing 17-14, to be knocked out of the polls for the first time since 2004, effectively knocking the reigning three-time National Champion out of playoff contention.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll - October 29, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Last WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (41) 8-0 1049 1 D. No. 14 Heidelberg (Ohio), 33-14 Nov. 3 at No. 15 Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio)
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (1) 8-0 1006 2 D. Howard Payne (Texas), 68-6 Nov. 3 at East Texas Baptist
3. St. Thomas (Minn.) 8-0 950 3 D. Augsburg (Minn.), 30-14 Nov. 3 at No. 16 Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.)
4. Linfield (Ore.) 7-0 925 4 D. No. 24 Willamette (Ore.), 45-10 Nov. 3 at Puget Sound (Wash.)
5. Wesley (Del.) 7-1 863 5 D. Huntingdon (Ala.), 31-21 Nov. 3 vs. Apprentice School (Va.)
6. Wis.-Oshkosh 8-0 827 7 D. Wis.-La Crosse, 41-7 Nov. 3 vs. Wis.-Stevens Point
7. Hobart (N.Y.) 8-0 789 6 D. Union (N.Y.), 42-34 Nov. 3 at St. Lawrence (N.Y.)
8. North Central (Ill.) 7-1 747 9 D. No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan, 52-0 Nov. 3 vs. Wheaton (Ill.)
9. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 8-0 690 10 D. Ursinus (Pa.), 35-17 Nov. 3 at Franklin & Marshall (Pa.)
10. Cal Lutheran 6-1 666 11 D. Whittier (Calif.), 62-38 Nov. 3 vs. La Verne (Calif.)
11. Widener (Pa.) 8-0 630 12 D. Albright (Pa.), 34-29 Nov. 3 at FDU-Florham (N.J.)
12. Wabash (Ind.) 7-1 582 13 D. Ohio Wesleyan, 28-0 Nov. 3 vs. Oberlin (Ohio)
13. Bethel (Minn.) 7-1 503 15 D. Hamline (Minn.), 56-21 Nov. 3 at St. Olaf (Minn.)
14. Coe (Iowa) 8-0 478 16 D. Wartburg (Iowa), 35-7 Nov. 3 at Luther (Iowa)
15. Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) 7-1 407 18 D. Marietta (Ohio), 66-14 Nov. 3 vs. No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio)
16. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 7-1 348 19 D. Carleton (Minn.), 51-27 Nov. 3 vs. No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.)
17. Heidelberg (Ohio) 7-1 312 14 Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 33-14 Nov. 3 vs. John Carroll (Ohio)
18. Wittenberg (Ohio) 7-1 295 20 D. Denison (Ohio), 45-27 Nov. 3 vs. Hiram (Ohio)
19. Waynesburg (Pa.) 9-0 275 23 D. Westminster (Pa.), 42-16 Nov. 10 vs. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)
20. Wis.-Platteville 6-2 259 22 D. Wis.-Eau Claire, 24-17 Nov. 3 vs. Wis.-Stout
21. Salisbury (Md.) 6-2 216 8 Lost to Ithaca (N.Y.), 21-14 Nov. 3 vs. Utica (N.Y.)
22. Concordia (Ill.) 8-0 178 25 D. Benedictine (Ill.), 26-13 Nov. 3 vs. Lakeland (Wis.)
23. Cortland St. (N.Y.) 7-1 136 NR D. Kean (N.J.), 31-17 Nov. 3 at William Paterson (N.J.)
24. Franklin (Ind.) 6-2 102 NR D. Defiance (Ohio), 35-14 Nov. 3 vs. Bluffton (Ohio)
25. Elmhurst (Ill.) 7-1 78 NR D. North Park (Ill.), 31-0 Nov. 3 at Carthage (Wis.

    Dropped Out: Wis.-Whitewater (17); Illinois Wesleyan (21); Willamette (Ore.) (24).

    Others Receiving Votes: Wheaton (Ill.), 49; Salve Regina (R.I.), 44; Huntingdon (Ala.), 37; Adrian (Mich.), 27; St. John Fisher (N.Y.), 27; Lake Forest (Ill.), 25; Ohio Wesleyan, 22; Willamette (Ore.), 17; Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), 16; Rowan (N.J.), 16; Louisiana College, 15; Illinois Wesleyan, 10; Trinity (Conn.), 8; Wis.-Whitewater, 7; Washington & Lee (Va.), 5; Albion (Mich.), 4; Hampden-Sydney (Va.), 4; Wis. Lutheran, 3; Lycoming (Pa.), 1; Mount Ida (Mass.), 1; Utica (N.Y.), 1.

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