American Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll
Overview

Since 1950, the AFCA has conducted a weekly Top 20/Top 25 poll during the college football season. The AFCA, in partnership with USA Today and Amway, awards the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy to the No. 1-ranked team in the final Amway Coaches Poll each season. The head coach of the No. 1-ranked team receives the trophy at the American Football Coaches Awards show in early January.

Format

The Amway Coaches Poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the AFCA their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.

The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2017 season:

Major Applewhite, Houston; David Bailiff, Rice; David Beaty, Kansas; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; John Bonamego, Central Michigan; Terry Bowden, Akron; Jeff Brohm, Purdue; Matt Campbell, Iowa State; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, Florida International; Dave Doeren, North Carolina State; DJ Durkin, Maryland; Shawn Elliott, Georgia State; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; P.J. Fleck, Minnesota; James Franklin, Penn State; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tom Herman, Texas; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Joey Jones, South Alabama; Mike Leach, Washington State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Derek Mason, Vanderbilt; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jeff Monken, Army; Philip Montgomery, Tulsa; Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina; Jim Mora, UCLA; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Barry Odom, Missouri; Gary Patterson, TCU; Mike Riley, Nebraska; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Rolovich, Hawaii; Nick Saban, Alabama; Tony Sanchez, UNLV; Mike Sanford Jr., Western Kentucky; Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State; Bill Snyder, Kansas State; Frank Solich, Ohio; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Mark Stoops, Kentucky; Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Matt Wells, Utah State; Mark Whipple, Massachusetts; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion; Everett Withers, Texas State.

1950
Oklahoma
Bud Wilkinson
1951
Tennessee
Robert Neyland
1952
Michigan State
Biggie Munn
1953
Maryland
Jim Tatum
1954
UCLA
Red Sanders
1955
Oklahoma
Bud Wilkinson
1956
Oklahoma
Bud Wilkinson
1957
Ohio State
Woody Hayes
1958
LSU
Paul Dietzel
1959
Syracuse
Ben Schwartzwalder
1960
Minnesota
Murray Warmath
1961
Alabama
Bear Bryant
1962
USC
John McKay
1963
Texas
Darrell Royal
1964
Alabama
Bear Bryant
1965
Michigan State
Duffy Daugherty
1966
Notre Dame
Ara Parseghian
1967
USC
John McKay
1968
Ohio State
Woody Hayes
1969
Texas
Darrell Royal
1970
Texas
Darrell Royal
1971
Nebraska
Bob Devaney
1972
USC
John McKay
1973
Alabama
Bear Bryant
1974
USC
John McKay
1975
Oklahoma
Barry Switzer
1976
Pittsburgh
Johnny Majors
1977
Notre Dame
Dan Devine
1978
USC
John Robinson
1979
Alabama
Bear Bryant
1980
Georgia
Vince Dooley
1981
Clemson
Danny Ford
1982
Penn State
Joe Paterno
1983
Miami (FL)
Howard Schnellenberger
1984
BYU
LaVell Edwards
1985
Oklahoma
Barry Switzer
1986
Penn State
Joe Paterno
1987
Miami (FL)
Jimmy Johnson
1988
Notre Dame
Lou Holtz
1989
Miami (FL)
Dennis Erickson
1990
Georgia Tech
Bobby Ross
1991
Washington
Don James
1992
Alabama
Gene Stallings
1993
Florida State
Bobby Bowden
1994
Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1995
Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1996
Florida
Steve Spurrier
1997
Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1998
Tennessee
Phil Fulmer
1999
Florida State
Bobby Bowden
2000
Oklahoma
Bob Stoops
2001
Miami (FL)
Larry Coker
2002
Ohio State
Jim Tressel
2003
LSU
Nick Saban
2004
USC
Pete Carroll
2005
Texas
Mack Brown
2006
Florida
Urban Meyer
2007
LSU
Les Miles
2008
Florida
Urban Meyer
2009
Alabama
Nick Saban
2010
Auburn
Gene Chizik
2011
Alabama
Nick Saban
2012
Alabama
Nick Saban
2013
Florida State
Jimbo Fisher
2014
Ohio State
Urban Meyer
2015
Alabama
Nick Saban
2016
Clemson
Dabo Swinney
2017
Alabama
Nick Saban
RankSchool (record)PointsLast Week's RankFirst-Place Votes
1Clemson (3-0)1622162
2Alabama (3-0)156023
3Georgia (3-0)146330
4Oklahoma (3-0)140940
5LSU (3-0)136150
6Ohio State (3-0)134260
7Notre Dame (2-0)118270
8Florida (3-0)109580
9Auburn (3-0)109390
10Michigan (2-0)928100
11Utah (3-0)915120
12Penn State (3-0)864110
13Texas (2-1)847130
14Wisconsin (2-0)806140
15Texas A&M (2-1)702150
16Central Florida (3-0)697160
17Oregon (2-1)586170
18Iowa (3-0)553180
19Washington State (3-0)518200
20Boise State (3-0)322220
21Washington (2-1)277210
22Virginia (3-0)223NR0
23California (3-0)124NR0
24Arizona State (3-0)110NR0
25Kansas State (3-0)106NR0

Dropped Out:
No. 19 Michigan State (2-1); No. 23 Mississippi State (2-1); No. 24 Southern California (2-1); No. 25 Maryland (2-1).

Others Receiving Votes:  Oklahoma State (3-1) 100; Memphis (3-0) 68; TCU (2-0) 55; Michigan State (2-1) 40; Wake Forest (3-0) 33; Army (2-1) 31; Brigham Young (2-1) 28; Kentucky (2-1) 14; Appalachian State (2-0) 12; Temple (2-0) 7; Mississippi State (2-1) 6; Minnesota (3-0) 5; Nebraska (2-1) 4; Navy (2-0) 4; Duke (2-1) 4; Tulane (2-1) 3; Iowa State (1-1) 3; Wyoming (3-0) 1; SMU (3-0) 1; Arizona (2-1) 1.

The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association.

Overview

In response to overwhelming support by NCAA FCS coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a FCS Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2018. Prior to 2018, the  NCAA FCS Coaches Poll was administered by the Southern Conference. The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the NCAA playoffs.

Format

The FCS  poll follows the same basic format as the Amway Coaches Poll. The FCS Board of Coaches will have 30 voters representing all FCS football playing conferences, as well as independent schools. The FCS Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning with a preseason poll in August and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NCAA FCS championship game.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 3Next Game
1North Dakota St. (26)3-06501D. No. 18t Delaware St., 47-22Sept. 21 vs. No. 4 UC Davis
2James Madison2-16212D. Morgan St., 63-12Sept. 21 at Chattanooga
3South Dakota St.2-15933D. Drake, 38-10Sept. 21 vs. Southern Utah
4UC Davis2-15704D. Lehigh, 41-13Sept. 21 at No. 1 North Dakota St.
5Towson3-05218D. No. 9 Maine, 45-23Sept. 21 vs. No. 18 Villanova
6Kennesaw St.2-15117D. Alabama St., 42-7Sept. 21 at Missouri St.
7Weber St.1-24506Lost to Nevada, 19-13Sept. 28 vs. No. 8 Northern Iowa
8Northern Iowa1-144910IdleSept. 21 vs. Idaho St.
9Nicholls1-139611D. Prairie View A&M, 42-35Sept. 21 at Stephen F. Austin
10Illinois St.2-137012D. Eastern Illinois, 21-3Sept. 21 vs. Northern Arizona
11Eastern Washington1-23675Lost to No. 16 Jacksonville St., 49-45Sept. 21 at Idaho
12Central Arkansas3-035914D. Abilene Christian, 31-30Sept. 21 at Hawaii
13Jacksonville St.2-135816D. No. 5 Eastern Washington, 49-45Sept. 21 vs. North Alabama
14Montana St.2-134015D. Western Illinois, 23-14Sept. 21 vs. Norfolk St.
15Furman1-228113Lost to Virginia Tech, 24-17Sept. 21 vs. Mercer
16Maine1-22699Lost to No. 8 Towson, 45-23Sept. 21 at Colgate
17North Carolina A&T2-123017D. Charleston Southern, 27-21Sept. 26 vs. Delaware St.
18Villanova3-021523D. Bucknell, 45-10Sept. 21 at No. 5 Towson
19Montana2-118918tLost to Oregon, 35-3Sept. 21 vs. Monmouth (N.J.)
20Delaware2-115318tLost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 47-22Sept. 21 vs. Penn
21Youngstown St.3-0104NRD. Duquesne, 34-14Sept. 28 vs. Robert Morris (Pa.)
22Elon2-180NRD. Richmond, 42-20Sept. 21 at Wake Forest
23Southeastern Louisiana1-17524Lost to Mississippi, 40-29Sept. 21 vs. Lamar
24Princeton0-06125IdleSept. 21 vs. Butler
25Southeast Missouri St.1-25720Lost to Missouri, 50-0Sept. 21 vs. West Virginia St.

Dropped Out: Sam Houston St. (21), Wofford (22)

Others Receiving Votes: North Dakota, 33; Sam Houston St., 26; South Carolina St., 20; The Citadel, 16; Houston Baptist, 11; Indiana St., 10; Northern Arizona, 10; Sacramento St., 9; Stony Brook, 9; Dayton, 7; McNeese, 7; William & Mary, 7; Mercer, 4; Yale, 4; Dartmouth, 3; Southern Illinois, 3; Austin Peay, 2.

Overview

In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division II coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2000. Prior to 2000, there was no coaches’ polls for NCAA Division II. The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the NCAA playoffs.

Format

The Division II poll follows the same basic format as the Amway Coaches Poll. The Division II Board of Coaches will have 30 voters representing all Division II conferences, as well as independent schools. The Division II Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning with a preseason poll in August and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NCAA Division II championship game.

Forty-six schools spent at least one week ranked in the 2015 AFCA Division II Coaches Poll … Eight schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 13 weeks the poll was released in 2015 (Colorado State-Pueblo, Ferris State (Mich.), Minnesota State, North Alabama, Northwest Missouri State, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Texas A&M-Commerce and West Georgia) … Since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll debuted in 2000, Grand Valley State has been ranked No. 1 for 88 weeks …

The other 13 schoolswhich have appeared No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll are Northwest Missouri State (29 weeks), Valdosta State (25), Minnesota State (19), Pittsburg State (12), Delta State (11), Minnesota-Duluth (eight), Colorado State-Pueblo (seven), North Alabama (five), Saginaw Valley State (three), West Georgia (two), Abilene Christian (one), Central Washington (one) and North Dakota (one) … Northwest Missouri State owns the record for the most consecutive weeks ranked in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which currently stands at 161 … Northwest Missouri State also holds the record for being ranked the most times in the AFCA Division II Coaches Poll at 203 weeks out of a possible 213 since 2000.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 2Next Game
1Valdosta St. (Ga.) (31)2-07991D. Ohio Dominican, 48-21Sept. 21 vs. No. 20 West Alabama
2Ferris St. (Mich.) (1)2-07682D. Central Washington, 62-28Sept. 21 at Ashland (Ohio)
3Minnesota St.2-07303D. Augustana (S.D.), 27-7Sept. 21 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
4Tarleton St. (Texas)2-06785D. Doane (Neb.), 56-3Sept. 21 vs. West Texas A&M
5Notre Dame (Ohio)2-06494D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 43-24Sept. 21 vs. Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
6Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)2-06376D. Arkansas Tech, 42-13Sept. 21 Northwestern Oklahoma St.
7Northwest Missouri St.2-06147D Washburn (Kan.), 38-17Sept. 21 at Missouri Southern St.
8Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)2-05718D. Virginia Union, 28-11Sept. 21 vs. Newberry (S.C.)
9Colorado St.-Pueblo2-05419D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 42-21Sept. 21 vs. No. 17 Colorado School of Mines
10Grand Valley St. (Mich.)2-050510D. Delta St. (Miss.), 28-24Sept. 21 at Northwood (Mich.)
11Slippery Rock (Pa.)2-046511D. Shippensburg (Pa.), 54-19Sept. 21 vs. Millersville (Pa.)
12Texas A&M-Commerce2-041512D. Western Oregon, 34-27Sept. 21 vs. Eastern New Mexico
13Minnesota-Duluth2-040113D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 48-20Sept. 21 vs. St. Cloud State (Minn.)
14Indianapolis (Ind.)2-037815D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 48-21Sept. 21 at McKendree (Ill.)
15West Georgia2-037614D. Limestone (S.C.), 24-14Sept. 21 vs. Albany St. (Ga.)
16Midwestern St. (Texas)2-031316D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 28-27Sept. 21 vs. Texas-Permian Basin
17Colorado School of Mines2-029317D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 52-7Sept. 21 at No. 9 Colorado St.-Pueblo
18West Chester (Pa.)2-021819D. Gannon (Pa.), 48-14Sept. 21 vs. Seton Hill (Pa.)
19Wingate (N.C.)2-021418D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 34-24Sept. 21 vs. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
20West Alabama2-019020D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 47-14Sept. 21 at No. 1 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
21Central Missouri2-016421D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 70-7Sept. 21 at Missouri Western St.
22Pittsburg St. (Kan.)2-013623D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 47-23Sept. 21 vs. Northeastern St. (Okla.)
23Harding (Ark.)1-18422D. Arkansas-Monticello, 24-0Sept. 21 at Southern Arkansas
24Indiana (Pa.)2-08124D. Millersville (Pa.), 54-0Sept. 21 vs. Lock Haven (Pa.)
25Bowie St. (Md.)2-038NRD. Shaw (N.C.), 26-21Sept. 21 vs. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.)

Dropped Out: Fort Hays St. (Kan.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: West Texas A&M, 31; Ashland (Ohio), 25; Florida Tech, 14; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 10; Kutztown (Pa.), 10; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 8; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 7; Eastern New Mexico, 5; Shepherd (W.Va.), 5; Colorado Mesa, 4; Southern Arkansas, 4; Virginia Union, 4; California (Pa.), 3; Missouri S&T, 3; Missouri Western St., 2; Truman St. (Mo.), 2; West Florida, 2; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 1; Henderson St. (Ark.), 1; Ohio Dominican, 1.

Overview

In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division III coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division III Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 1999.

Prior to 1999, there were no coaches’ polls for any NCAA divisions other than Football Bowl Subdivision. The NCAA had published a regional poll for Division III prior to 1999, but discontinued the poll because of changes in the selection process for the Division III playoffs that took effect in 1999.

The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the 16-team playoff tournament. But in 1999, the Division III playoffs expanded to 28 teams and the regional format was no longer used.

Format

The Division III poll follows the same basic format as the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Division III Board of Coaches will have 42 voters, representing all Division III conferences. The Division III Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning in September and will run through the completion of the regular season in mid-November. A final poll will be released on the Monday following the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

Forty-one schools spent at least one week ranked in the Division III Coaches Poll in 2015 … Sixteen schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 10 weeks the poll was released in 2015: Mount Union (Ohio), St. Thomas (Minn.), Linfield (Ore.), Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), Wesley (Del.), Wabash (Ind.), Wheaton (Ill.), Johns Hopkins (Md.), St. John’s (Minn.), Thomas More (Ky.), Hardin-Simmons (Texas), Wartburg (Iowa), Wisconsin-Platteville, John Carroll (Ohio) … Mount Union has appeared in every Top 25 since the AFCA first released the poll in 1999 …

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had five schools ranked in the Top 25 poll at least once in 2015 (St. Thomas, Concordia-Moorhead, Bethel, St. John’s and Gustavus Adolphus) … The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) all had three schools ranked in the Top 25 this season: (Wisconsin-Whitewater, -Platteville and -Oshkosh for the WIAC; Mount Union, John Carroll and Ohio Northern for the OAC; Wesley, Rowan (N.J.) and Salisbury (Md.) for the NJAC; Wheaton, North Central (Ill.) and Illinois Wesleyan for the CCIW; and Wabash, Wittenberg (Ohio) and DePauw (Ind.) for the NCAC) … Washington & Lee (Va.) began the season unranked but was No. 16 in the final poll, which represented the largest jump by a team that wasn’t ranked in the season-opening poll.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Post-season ResultsHead Coach
1.Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (50)15-012502D. No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 24-16, in Stagg BowlPete Fredenburg
2.Mount Union (Ohio)14-111971Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 24-16, in Stagg BowlVince Kehres
3.Wisconsin-Whitewater13-111184Lost to No 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 31-14, in semifinalsKevin Bullis
4.St. John’s (Minn.)12-110905Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 21-18, in quarterfinalsGary Fasching
5.Johns Hopkins (Md.)12-2106513Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 28-20, in semifinalsJim Margraff
6.Bethel (Minn.)11-290915Lost to No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 26-12, in quarterfinalsSteve Johnson
7.Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)9-28157Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 27-6, in first roundJesse Burleson
8.Frostburg St. (Md.)10-17886Lost to No. 13 Johns Hopkins (Md.), 58-27, in second roundDeLane Fitzgerald
9.North Central (Ill.)10-27849Lost to No. 15 Bethel (Minn.), 27-24, in second roundJeff Thorne
10.Muhlenberg (Pa.)11-276022Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 38-10, in quarterfinalsNate Milne
11.Brockport (N.Y.)11-17553Lost to No. 23 Rensselaer (N.Y.), 21-13, in second roundJason Mangone
12.Rensselaer (N.Y.)10-270023Lost to No. 13 Johns Hopkins (Md.), 37-14, in quarterfinalsRalph Isernia
13.Whitworth (Wash.)10-169211tLost to No. 5 St. John’s (Minn.), 45-24, in second roundRod Sandberg
14.John Carroll (Ohio)9-24288Lost to Randolph-Macon (Va.), 23-20, in first roundRick Finotti
15.Centre (Ky.)10-2427NRLost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 51-35, in second roundAndy Frye
16t.Berry (Ga.)10-242518Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 75-9, in second roundTony Kunczewski
16t.Delaware Valley (Pa.)9-242511tLost to No. 22 Muhlenberg (Pa.), 20-13, in first roundDuke Greco
18.St. Thomas (Minn.)8-233219DNQ PlayoffsGlenn Caruso
19.Trine (Ind.)10-131910Lost to St. Norbert (Wis.), 31-7, in first roundTroy Abbs
20.Wittenberg (Ohio)9-125116DNQ PlayoffsJoe Fincham
21.St. Norbert (Wis.)10-2247NRLost to No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 54-21, in second roundDan McCarty
22.Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)9-223314Lost to Centre (Ky.), 54-13, in first roundMike Sirianni
23.Wabash (Ind.)9-123117DNQ PlayoffsDon Morel
24.Randolph-Macon (Va.)9-3225NRLost to No. 22 Muhlenberg (Pa.), 35-6, in second roundPedro Arruza
25.Illinois Wesleyan8-221021DNQ PlayoffsNorm Eash

Dropped Out: Linfield (Ore.) (20), Wheaton (Ill.) (24), Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Linfield (Ore.), 173; Wheaton (Ill.), 97; Wartburg (Iowa), 64; Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), 40; Wisconsin-La Crosse, 39; Framingham St. (Mass.), 27; Denison (Ohio), 21; Washington (Mo.), 17; Salisbury (Md.), 14; Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 12; Trinity (Conn.), 12; Wesley (Del.), 9; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), 8; Hanover (Ind.), 6; MIT (Mass.), 6; Southwestern (Tex.), 5; Western New England (Mass.), 5; Amherst (Mass.), 4; Monmouth (Ill.), 4; Eureka (Ill.), 3; Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 3; Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 2; Ithaca (N.Y.), 1; Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 1; Trinity (Tex.), 1.

*Final Poll

The AFCA begins distribution of the AFCA NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in 2019. Prior to this season, the NAIA national office was in charge of the distribution of its Top 25 poll.

The NAIA office still administers the poll, which consists of 16 coaches representing every football playing conference in the NAIA. Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league. The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list. The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on. Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes. The NAIA Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays at 3 pm beginning with a preseason poll in August and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NAIA championship game.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 3Next Game 
1Morningside (Iowa) (17)2-03921D. No. 24 Dordt (Iowa), 56-14Sept. 21 vs. Midland (Neb.)
2Benedictine (Kan.)3-03772D. Peru St. (Neb.), 48-17Sept. 21 vs. Clarke (Iowa)
3Saint Francis (Ind.)1-03623IdleSept. 21 at Robert Morris (Ill.)
4Kansas Wesleyan3-03424D. Friends (Kan.), 56-3Sept. 21 vs. Bethany (Kan.)
5Saint Xavier (Ill.)1-03275IdleSept. 21 vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater
6Concordia (Mich.)2-03156D. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 22-14Sept. 21 vs. St. Francis (Ill.)
7Marian (Ind.)1-03027D. Saint Ambrose (Iowa), 49-14Sept. 21 at Trinity International (Ill.)
8Reinhardt (Ga.)3-027110D. Campbellsville (Ky.), 28-0Sept. 21 at Keiser (Fla.)
9Grand View (Iowa)3-027012D. Central Methodist (Mo.), 28-7Sept. 21 at Missouri Valley
10Northwestern (Iowa)2-025811D. Midland (Neb.), 26-25Sept. 21 at Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
11College of Idaho3-023215D. No. 20 Southern Oregon, 41-38Sept. 28 at No. 24 Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
12Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)3-023113D. Faulkner (Ala.), 26-14Sept. 21 at Warner (Fla.)
13Baker (Kan.)2-12028D. Graceland (Iowa), 70-6Sept. 21 vs. William Penn (Iowa)
14t.Evangel (Mo.)3-018918D. Clarke (Iowa), 28-0Sept. 21 vs. Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
14t.Cumberlands (Ky.) 1-018917IdleSept. 19 vs. Webber International (Fla.)
16Dickinson St. (N.D.)1-11519IdleSept. 21 vs. Wisconsin-La Crosse
17Southeastern (Fla.)1-014019D. Point (Ga.), 27-6Sept. 21 vs. Georgetown (Ky.)
18Bethel (Tenn.)2-113416D. Warner (Fla.), 35-20Sept. 28 at Point (Ga.)
19Langston (Okla.)1-112714Lost to Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 53-15Sept. 21 vs. Oklahoma Panhandle St.
20Montana Western 2-010925D. Montana St.-Northern, 38-13Sept. 21 at No. 24 Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
21Ottawa (Kan.)1-010422IdleSept. 21 at Sterling (Kan.)
22Siena Heights (Mich.)2-066NRD. Robert Morris (Ill.), 6-0Sept. 21 at Saint Ambrose (Iowa)
23Ottawa (Ariz.)2-054NRIdleSept. 21 vs. Texas Wesleyan
24Rocky Mountain (Mont.)2-14423Lost to Carroll (Mont.), 37-7Sept. 21 vs. No. 20 Montana Western
25Cumberland (Tenn.)2-033NRD. Thomas More (Ky.), 17-14Sept. 21 at St. Andrews (N.C.)

Dropped Out: Southern Oregon (20), Georgetown (Ky.) (21), Dordt (Iowa) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Keiser (Fla.), 12; Montana Tech, 10; Sterling (Kan.), 9; Midland (Neb.), 4; Hastings (Neb.), 3; Kentucky Christian, 3.

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