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
1Alabama (5-0)1602142
2Clemson (5-0)1531220
3Georgia (5-0)145930
4Ohio State (6-0)142253
5Oklahoma (5-0)137840
6LSU (5-0)136460
7Florida (6-0)121880
8Wisconsin (5-0)116490
9Penn State (5-0)1051110
10Notre Dame (4-1)1033100
11Texas (4-1)971120
12Auburn (5-1)92970
13Oregon (4-1)866130
14Boise State (5-0)732150
15Utah (4-1)655170
16Michigan (4-1)648180
17Wake Forest (5-0)498200
18Iowa (4-1)441140
19Virginia (4-1)345220
20Memphis (5-0)318230
21Texas A&M (3-2)306210
22SMU (6-0)246NR0
23Baylor (5-0)234NR0
24Arizona State (4-1)228NR0
25Minnesota (5-0)131NR0

Dropped Out: No. 16 Washington (4-2); No. 19 Central Florida (4-2); No. 23 Michigan State (4-2); No. 25 Oklahoma State (4-2).

Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati (4-1) 74; Washington (4-2) 72; Appalachian State (4-0) 49; Michigan State (4-2) 41; Tulane (4-1) 36; California (4-2) 17; Hawaii (4-1) 13; Arizona (4-1) 13; Central Florida (4-2) 11; Washington State (3-2) 9; Navy (3-1) 8; Texas Christian (3-2) 5; Mississippi State (3-2) 3; San Diego State (4-1) 2; Temple (4-1) 1; Army (3-2) 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 6Next Game
1North Dakota St. (26)5-06501D. No. 6 Illinois St., 37-3Oct. 12 vs. No. 10 Northern Iowa
2James Madison5-16212D. No. 24 Stony Brook, 45-38 OTOct. 12 vs. No. 7 Villanova
3South Dakota St.4-15983D. Southern Illinois, 28-10Oct. 12 vs. No. 17 Youngstown St.
4Kennesaw St.4-15484D. Reinhardt, 31-7Oct. 12 vs. Charleston Southern
5Weber St.3-25365D. Idaho, 41-35Oct. 12 vs. Southern Utah
6Montana St.5-15087D. Cal Poly, 34-28 OTOct. 12 vs. Sacramento St.
7Villanova6-05068D. William & Mary, 35-28Oct. 12 at No. 2 James Madison
8Montana5-14809D. Idaho St., 59-20Oct. 19 at Sacramento St.
9Towson3-240610tIdleOct. 12 vs. Albany
10Northern Iowa3-239213D. No. 17 Youngstown St., 21-14Oct. 12 at No. 1 North Dakota St.
11Furman4-238014D. Samford, 58-14Oct. 19 vs. The Citadel
12Nicholls3-234515D. No. 10t Central Arkansas, 34-14Oct. 12 vs. Northwestern St.
13Illinois St.3-23406Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 37-3Oct. 12 at Southern Illinois
14North Carolina A&T4-132916D. Norfolk St., 58-19Oct. 19 at Florida A&M
15Delaware3-224318IdleOct. 12 at Elon
16Central Arkansas3-223110tLost to No. 15 Nicholls, 34-14Oct. 12 vs. McNeese
17Youngstown St.4-121017Lost to No. 13 Northern Iowa, 21-14Oct. 12 vs. No. 3 South Dakota St.
18Jacksonville St.4-219120D. Tennessee St., 31-23Oct. 12 at Eastern Illinois
19Princeton3-014623D. Columbia, 21-10Oct. 11 vs. Lafayette
20Maine2-313022IdleOct. 12 vs. Richmond
21UC Davis2-411412Lost to North Dakota, 38-36Oct. 12 vs. Cal Poly
22Southeast Missouri St.3-210325tD. Tennessee Tech, 43-37 2OTOct. 12 at Austin Peay
23Stony Brook4-29324Lost to No. 2 James Madison, 45-38 OTOct. 12 vs. New Hampshire
24Sam Houston St.4-257NRD. Stephen F. Austin, 31-20Oct. 12 vs. Lamar
25Southeastern Louisiana3-25519Lost to McNeese, 38-34Oct. 12 vs. UIW

Dropped Out: Eastern Washington (21), Houston Baptist (25t)

Others Receiving Votes: North Dakota, 55; Sacramento St., 42; Yale, 30; Dartmouth, 26; South Carolina St., 22; Austin Peay, 18; Houston Baptist, 16; Tennessee Tech, 14; Eastern Washington, 5; Wofford, 4; Cal Poly, 3; New Hampshire, 3; Campbell, 2; Central Connecticut St., 1; Idaho, 1; UIW 1

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 5Next Game
1Valdosta St. (Ga.) (30)5-07971D. Mississippi College, 42-17Oct. 12 at Delta St. (Miss.)
2Ferris St. (Mich.) (1)5-07612D. Davenport (Mich.), 35-7Oct. 12 at Wayne St. (Mich.)
3Minnesota St.5-07333D. No. 12 Minnesota-Duluth, 52-7Oct. 12 at Northern St. (S.D.)
4Tarleton St. (Texas) (1)5-07084D. No. 23 Angelo St. (Texas), 30-13Oct. 12 at Eastern New Mexico
5t.Notre Dame (Ohio)5-06335D. West Virginia Wesleyan, 52-6Oct. 12 at Charleston (W.Va.)
5t.Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)5-06336D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 27-14Oct. 12 at East Central (Okla.)
7Northwest Missouri St.5-06107D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 34-23Oct. 12 vs. No. 13 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
8Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)5-05878D. Virginia-Wise, 63-6Oct. 12 at Tusculum (Tenn.)
9Slippery Rock (Pa.)5-052410D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 45-14Oct. 12 vs. No. 16 Indiana (Pa.)
10Indianapolis (Ind.)5-052311D. William Jewell (Mo.), 59-7Oct. 12 vs. Quincy (Ill.)
11Colorado School of Mines5-048613D. Colorado Mesa, 56-20Oct. 12 vs. Western Colorado
12West Chester (Pa.)5-041114D. Shippensburg (Pa.), 29-21Oct. 12 vs. Bloomsburg (Pa.)
13Pittsburg St. (Kan.)5-040615D. Lincoln (Mo.), 56-14Oct. 12 vs. No. 7 Northwest Missouri St.
14Wingate (N.C.)5-036216D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 28-21Oct. 12 vs. Limestone (S.C.)
15Central Missouri5-035217D. Missouri Southern St., 71-42Oct. 12 vs. Central Oklahoma
16Indiana (Pa.)5-028819D. California (Pa.), 17-6Oct. 12 at No. 9 Slippery Rock (Pa.)
17Colorado St.-Pueblo4-126218D. South Dakota Mines, 21-13Oct. 12 at New Mexico Highlands
18Bowie St. (Md.)5-023620D. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 23-13Oct. 12 vs. Chowan (N.C.)
19Grand Valley St. (Mich.)4-12119Lost to Ashland (Ohio), 20-17Oct. 12 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
20Texas A&M-Commerce3-117421D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 33-6Oct. 12 vs. Midwestern St. (Texas)
21Kutztown (Pa.)5-016124D. Bloomsburg (Pa.), 27-12Oct. 12 vs. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
22Harding (Ark.)4-115822D. Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 31-3Oct. 12 at Oklahoma Baptist
23Minnesota-Duluth4-112712Lost to No. 3 Minnesota St., 52-7Oct. 12 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
24Truman St. (Mo.)5-0101NRD. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 52-7Oct. 12 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
25West Florida4-153NRD. Delta St. (Miss.), 48-3Oct. 19 at West Georgia

Dropped Out: Angelo St. (Texas) (23), West Alabama (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Angelo St. (Texas), 44; Virginia Union, 19; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 13; West Texas A&M, 8; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 7; Ashland (Ohio), 5; Eastern New Mexico, 2; Henderson St. (Ark.), 2; Dixie St. (Utah), 1; Missouri S&T, 1; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 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.Last WeekNext Game
1Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (45)4-013151D. McMurry (Tex.), 79-0Oct. 12 vs. East Texas Baptist
2Mount Union (Ohio) (8)4-012802D. Otterbein (Ohio), 58-0Oct. 12 at Wilmington (Ohio)
3Wisconsin-Whitewater4-011843D. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 24-14Oct. 12 vs. No. 19 Wisconsin-Platteville
4St. John’s (Minn.)4-011484D. Augsburg (Minn.), 61-6Oct. 12 vs. No. 9 Bethel (Minn.)
5Muhlenberg (Pa.)5-010637D. Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 49-6Oct. 18 vs. Ursinus (Pa.)
6Wheaton (Ill.)4-010239D. No. 5 North Central (Ill.), 35-21Oct. 12 at North Park (Ill.)
7Berry (Ga.)5-09708D. Sewanee (Tenn.), 55-0Oct. 12 vs. Hendrix (Ark.)
8Wesley (Del.)4-087610D. Rowan (N.J.), 21-20Oct. 12 at No. 15 Salisbury (Md.)
9Bethel (Minn.)4-087211D. Carleton (Minn.), 42-13Oct. 12 at No. 4 St. John’s (Minn.)
10Ithaca (N.Y.)4-076512D. St. Lawrence (N.Y.), 59-20Oct. 12 vs. Buffalo St. (N.Y.)
11Wartburg (Iowa)5-071613D. Buena Vista (Iowa), 48-27Oct. 12 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan
12North Central (Ill.)3-16615Lost to No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.), 35-21Oct. 12 vs. Augustana (Ill.)
13Delaware Valley (Pa.)4-161914D. Lycoming (Pa.), 41-7Oct. 12 vs. King’s (Pa.)
14John Carroll (Ohio)3-159215D. Muskingum (Ohio), 31-10Oct. 12 at Capital (Ohio)
15Salisbury (Md.)3-053216D. Montclair St. (N.J.), 27-24Oct. 12 vs. No. 8 Wesley (Del.)
16St. Thomas (Minn.)3-152217D. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 51-6Oct. 12 at Augsburg (Minn.)
17Redlands (Calif.)4-045319D. Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.), 38-17Oct. 12 at Chapman (Calif.)
18Johns Hopkins (Md.)4-141918D. Ursinus (Pa.), 32-29Oct. 19 vs. Franklin & Marshall (Pa.)
19Wisconsin-Platteville4-040824D. No. 20 Wisconsin-La Crosse, 38-20Oct. 12 at No. 3 Wisconsin-Whitewater
20Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)4-13706Lost to Texas Lutheran, 38-27Oct. 19 vs. Belhaven (Miss.)
21Case Western Reserve (Ohio)4-024025D. Westminster (Pa.), 21-13Oct. 12 vs. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)
22Linfield (Ore.)2-122422D. Pacific (Ore.), 52-14Oct. 12 vs. Puget Sound (Wash.)
23Central (Iowa)4-0149NRD. Luther (Iowa), 45-14Oct. 12 vs. Dubuque (Iowa)
24Susquehanna (Pa)4-1148NRD. Dickinson (Pa), 24-17Oct. 19 at Moravian (Pa)
25Cortland (N.Y.)4-087NRD. Utica (N.Y.), 44-12Oct. 12 at Morrisville State (N.Y.)

Dropped Out: Wisconsin-La Crosse (20), Hobart (N.Y.) (21), Trine (Ind.) (23)

Others Receiving Votes: Chapman (Calif.), 77; Union (N.Y.), 61; Whitworth (Wash.), 60; WPI (Mass.), 52; Texas Lutheran, 44; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 36; Bridgewater (Va.), 33; Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 33; Hope (Mich.), 26; Hobart (N.Y.), 24; Hendrix (Ark.), 20; Brockport (N.Y.), 19; Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 15; Wisconsin-La Crosse, 14; Rensselaer (N.Y.), 12; Wittenberg (Ohio), 12; Illinois Wesleyan, 11; Martin Luther (Minn.), 9; Middlebury (Vt.), 6; Wabash (Ind.), 5; Trine (Ind.), 4; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 4; Washington (Mo.), 3; Wesleyan (Conn.), 3; Simpson (Iowa), 2; Western New England (Mass.), 2;  Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 1; Endicott (Mass.), 1.

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)4-03921D. Hastings (Neb.), 69-13Oct. 12 at Briar Cliff (Iowa)
2Kansas Wesleyan5-03614IdleOct. 12 vs. Saint Mary (Kan.)
3Marian (Ind.)4-03576D. No. 3 Saint Francis (Ind.), 28-10Oct. 19 vs. No. 4 Concordia (Mich.)
4Concordia (Mich.)5-03525D. No. 19 Siena Heights (Mich.), 10-7Oct. 12 at No. 8t Saint Francis (Ind.)
5Grand View (Iowa)6-03387D. No. 2 Benedictine (Kan.), 27-6Oct. 19 at Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
6Benedictine (Kan.)5-12972Lost to No. 7 Grand View (Iowa), 27-6Oct. 19 at No. 17 Evangel (Mo.)
7Northwestern (Iowa)4-02948IdleOct. 12 at Dordt (Iowa)
8t.College of Idaho4-02859IdleOct. 12 at Carroll (Mont.)
8t. Saint Francis (Ind.)3-12853Lost to No. 6 Marian (Ind.), 28-10Oct. 12 vs. No. 4 Concordia (Mich.)
10Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)5-027310D. No. 14 Bethel (Tenn.), 58-3Oct. 12 vs. Cumberland (Tenn.)
11Cumberlands (Ky.) 4-023511D. Pikeville (Ky.), 24-13Oct. 12 vs. No. 23 Bethel (Tenn.)
12Southeastern (Fla.)4-021212D. Ave Maria (Fla.), 30-10Oct. 12 at St. Thomas (Fla.)
13Saint Xavier (Ill.)2-219515D. Trinity International (Ill.), 58-26Oct. 12 at Robert Morris (Ill.)
14Dickinson St. (N.D.)4-119113D. Mayville St. (N.D.), 79-14Oct. 12 at Dakota St. (S.D.)
15Montana-Western 4-018816IdleOct. 12 at No. 22 Montana Tech
16Langston (Okla.)3-117117D. Lyon (Ark.), 60-7Oct. 12 vs. Arizona Christian
17Evangel (Mo.)5-115518D. Graceland (Iowa), 65-0Oct. 19 vs. No. 6 Benedictine (Kan.)
18Ottawa (Ariz.)5-012920D. Oklahoma Panhandle St., 47-7Oct. 12 at Texas College
19Keiser (Fla.)4-011222D. Faulkner (Ala.), 35-3Oct. 12 at Warner (Fla.)
20Reinhardt (Ga.)4-210821D. Kentucky Christian, 71-21Oct. 12 vs. Bluefield (Va.)
21Siena Heights (Mich.)4-18519Lost to No. 5 Concordia (Mich.), 10-7Oct. 12 vs. Taylor (Ind.)
22Montana Tech3-18123IdleOct. 12 vs. No. 15 Montana-Western
23Bethel (Tenn.)3-26414Lost to No. 10 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 58-3Oct. 12 at No. 11 Cumberlands (Ky.)
24Baker (Kan.)4-24624D. Clarke (Iowa), 60-6Oct. 19 vs. No. 25 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
25MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)5-144NRD. Culver-Stockton (Mo.), 23-9Oct. 19 at No. 24 Baker (Kan.)

Dropped Out: Bethel (Kan.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Sterling (Kan.), 15; Cumberland (Tenn.), 6; Bethel (Kan.),

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