Mount Union (Ohio) Ends Regular Season at No. 1

Only two teams in the AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll lost this past weekend, to end an unpredictable regular season on a quiet note. Then-No. 13 Waynesburg (Pa.) lost it’s final game againt Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 31-14. The loss cost the Yellow Jackets more than their undefeated record, though, as the Presidents of Washington & Jefferson snatched the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship with the victory as well. Then-No. 24 Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) lost in its matchup against No. 11 Heidelberg by the narrowest of margins, 35-34, to drop out of the poll.

The NCAA Division III Football playoffs start off with several strong first-round matchups, as No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio) will face off against Christopher Newport (Va.), No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) will play Louisiana College, No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) will play St. Norbert (Wis.), No. 4 Linfield (Ore.) will meet Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), and No. 5 Wesley will go against Mount Ida (Mass.). The most intriguing matchup, however, will be against No. 11 Heidelberg (Ohio) and No. 13 Wittenberg (Ohio), as the two teams that are closest to each other in the poll.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll - November 12, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Last WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (41) 10-0 1049 1 D. John Carroll (Ohio), 59-17 Nov. 17 vs. Christopher Newport (Va.)
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)(1) 10-0 1007 2 D. Mississippi College, 59-0 Nov. 17 vs. Louisiana College
3. St. Thomas (Minn.) 10-0 948 3 D. St. Olaf (Minn.), 35-21 Nov. 17 vs. St. Norbert (Wis.)
4. Linfield (Ore.) 9-0 909 4 D. Pacific (Ore.), 51-17 Nov. 17 vs. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)
5. Wesley (Del.) 8-1 862 5 Idle Nov. 17 vs. Mount Ida (Mass.)
6. Wis.-Oshkosh 10-0 858 6 D. Wis.-Stout, 27-18 Nov. 17 vs. St. Scholastica (Minn.)
7. Hobart (N.Y.) 10-0 796 7 D. Rochester (N.Y.), 43-24 Nov. 17 vs. Washington & Lee (Va.)
8. Cal Lutheran 8-1 738 8 D. Champman (Calif.), 38-28 Nov. 17 vs. No. 17 North Central (Ill.)
9. Widener (Pa.) 9-0 698 9 D. Delaware Valley (Pa.), 42-23 Nov. 17 vs. Bridgewater St. (Mass.)
10. Coe (Iowa) 10-0 671 10 D. Central (Iowa), 34-13 Nov. 17 vs. No. 21 Elmhurst (Ill.)
11. Heidelberg (Ohio) 9-1 612 11 D. No. 24 Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 35-34 Nov. 17 vs. No. 13 Wittenberg (Ohio)
12. Wis.-Platteville 8-2 487 14 D. Wis.-Stevens Point, 57-7 Season Complete
13. Wittenberg (Ohio) 9-1 476 12 D. Oberlin (Ohio), 47-20 Nov. 17 vs. No. 11 Heidelberg (Ohio)
14. Salisbury (Md.) 8-2 457 15 D. Frostburg St. (Md.), 48-2 Nov. 17 vs. Rowan (N.J.)
15. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 9-1 423 16 D. McDaniel (Md.), 49-7 Nov. 17 vs. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)
16. Cortland St. (N.Y.) 8-1 346 18 D. Ithaca (N.Y.), 16-10 Nov. 17 vs. Framingham St. (Mass.)
17. North Central (Ill.) 8-2 341 19 D. Augustana (Ill.), 37-6 Nov. 17 at No. 8 Cal Lutheran
18. Concordia (Ill.) 10-0 319 17 D. Maranatha Baptist (Wis.), 62-26 Nov. 17 vs. No. 23 Bethel (Minn.)
19. Wheaton (Ill.) 8-2 287 20 D. North Park (Ill.), 55-7 Season Complete
20. Franklin (Ind.) 8-2 249 21 D. Hanover (Ind.), 58-29 Nov. 17 at No. 25 Adrian (Mich.)
21. Elmhurst (Ill.) 9-1 237 22 D. Illinois Wesleyan, 35-31 Nov. 17 at No. 10 Coe (Iowa)
22. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 8-2 186 23 D. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 29-10 Season Complete
23. Bethel (Minn.) 8-2 133 25 D. St. John’s (Minn.), 27-22 Nov. 17 at No. 18 Concordia (Ill.)
24. Waynesburg (Pa.) 9-1 110 19 Lost to Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 31-14 Nov. 17 vs. Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)
25. Adrian (Mich.) 9-1 92 NR D. Huntingdon (Ala.), 17-16 Nov. 17 vs. No. 20 Franklin (Ind.)

    Dropped Out: Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) (24).

    Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana College, 59; Rowan (N.J.), 54; Wabash (Ind.), 53; Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), 40; Ohio Wesleyan, 36; Washington & Lee (Va.), 20; Framingham St. (Mass.), 14; Otterbein (Ohio), 14; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 13; Wis.-Whitewater, 13; Central (Iowa), 11; Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 10; Muhlenberg (Pa.), 7; Christopher Newport (Va.), 5; Bridgewater St. (Mass.), 3; Huntingdon (Ala.), 2; Lycoming (Pa.), 2; Trinity (Conn.), 2; Concordia (Wis.), 1.

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