St. Thomas Prevails In This Week's Coaches' Poll

Glenn Caruso’s Tommies passed a major test this weekend as No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn.) traveled to MIAC rival Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) and escaped with a 23-20 victory over the Cobbers. Their win was secured on a 21-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Alex Fenske with two seconds left on the clock. Elsewhere in the top 5, Wisconsin-Whitewater  vanquished their second top 10 opponent in as many weeks after a touchdown run with less than a minute left gave the Warhawks a 17-14 lead against former-No. 5 Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Mount Union (Ohio) retained the No. 1 spot by dismantling Heidelberg (Ohio), and No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) and new-No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.) both handled their own opponents over the weekend. Wheaton tops the bill this coming weekend as they travel to CCIW rival No. 6 North Central (Ill.) in a battle of top 10 teams.

 

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll – October 10, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. PtsPrevLast WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (36) 5-0 1042 1 D. Heidelberg (Ohio), 50-14 Oct. 15 at Capital (Ohio)
2. Wis.-Whitewater (4) 5-0 1002 2 D. No. 5 Wis.-Oshkosh, 17-14 Oct. 15 at Wis.-La Crosse
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (2) 5-0 946 3 D. Howard Payne (Texas), 59-10 Oct. 15 at No. 15 East Texas Baptist
4. St. Thomas (Minn.) 6-0 926 4 D. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 23-20 Oct. 22 vs. Hamline (Minn.)
5. Wheaton (Ill.) 6-0 836 6 D. Millikin (Ill.), 35-19 Oct. 15 at No. 6 North Central (Ill)
6. North Central (Ill.) 6-0 815 7 D. North Park (Ill.), 35-14 Oct. 15 vs. No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.)
7. Wis.-Oshkosh 4-1 757 5 Lost to No. 2 Wis.-Whitewater, 17-14 Oct. 15 at Wis.-Stevens Point
8. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 5-0 753 8 Idle Oct. 14 at Dickinson (Pa.)
9. Hardin-Simmons (Texas) 5-0 721 9 D. Louisiana College, 42-21 Oct. 15 vs. Howard Payne (Texas)
10. Linfield (Ore.) 3-1 649 10 D. Pacific (Ore.), 48-10 Oct. 15 vs. Willamette (Ore.)
11. Wis.-Platteville 4-1 638 12 D. No. 24 Wis.-Stevens Point, 47-31 Oct. 15 vs. Wis.- River Falls
12. St. John’s (Minn.) 5-1 592 13 D. Augsburg (Minn.), 49-0 Oct. 15 vs. Carleton (Minn.)
13. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 6-0 509 14 D. Morrisville St. (N.Y.), 49-31 Oct. 15 at Utica (N.Y.)
14. Wittenberg (Ohio) 5-0 486 15 D. DePauw (Ind.), 21-10 Oct. 15 at Denison (Ohio)
15. East Texas Baptist 5-0 429 17 D. McMurry (Texas), 67-31 Oct. 15 vs. No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)
16. Dubuque (Iowa) 6-0 403 18 D. Nebraska Wesleyan, 42-23 Oct. 15 vs. No. 23 Coe (Iowa)
17. Thomas More (Ky.) 5-1 315 19 D. Grove City (Pa.), 70-20 Oct. 15 at Waynesburg (Pa.)
18. Franklin (Ind.) 5-1 296 20 D. Earlham (Ind.), 40-7 Oct. 22 vs. Rose-Hulman (Ind.)
19. Stevenson (Md.) 5-0 275 21 Idle Oct. 15 at Widener (Pa.)
20. St. Lawrence (N.Y.) 6-0 261 22 D. Rochester (N.Y.), 48-13 Oct. 22 at Merchant Marine (N.Y.)
21. Wabash (Ind.) 4-1 184 23 D. Oberlin (Ohio), 51-0 Oct. 15 at Kenyon (Ohio)
22. Salisbury (Md.) 4-1 116 11 Lost to Rowan (N.J.), 34-30 Oct. 15 vs Kean (N.J.)
23. Coe (Iowa) 6-0 111 NR D. Central (Iowa), 33-30 Oct. 15 at No. 16 Dubuque (Iowa)
24. Monmouth (Ill.) 5-0 78 NR Idle Oct. 15 vs Grinnell (Iowa)
25t. Alfred (N.Y.) 5-0 64 NR Idle Oct. 15 vs. Cortland St. (N.Y.)
25t. Hobart (N.Y.) 5-1 64 16 Lost to RPI (N.Y.), 21-17 Oct. 22 vs. Springfield (Mass.)

Dropped Out: Wis.-Stevens Point (24); Guilford (N.C.) (25).

Others Receiving Votes: Wis.-La Crosse, 55; John Carroll (Ohio), 51; Delaware Valley (Pa.), 37; Wis.-Stevens Point, 34; Muhlenberg (Pa.), 33; Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 29; Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 27; Hendrix (Ark.), 23; Rowan (N.J.), 17; Whitworth (Wash.), 14; Western New England (Mass.), 12; Huntingdon (Ala.), 11; Guilford (N.C.), 8; Central (Iowa), 7; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), 6; Wesley (Del.), 6; DePauw (Ind.), 4; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 3; Christopher Newport (Va.), 1; Denison (Ohio), 1; Husson (Maine), 1; Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), 1.

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