Blue Hawk Football Jumps One Spot to #21 in Latest 2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

Blue Hawk Football Jumps One Spot to #21 in Latest 2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, MO- The Dickinson State University Football team has jumped one spot from #22 to #21 in the latest 2016 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday.

The Blue Hawks are coming off a bye week after defeating Northwestern College (IA) 42-13 on September 19th. Dickinson State also defeated Valley City State University 38-13 on September 3rd. 

Dickinson State is 2-1 overall after losing the first game of the season to Montana-Western (RV). The Blue Hawks open up conference play at home this Saturday at 1:00 PM (MDT) as they host the Presentation College Saints.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.
• 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."
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (September 19)

RANK

LAST TIME^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2016 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Marian (Ind.) (15)

3-0

340

2

2

Morningside (Iowa)

2-0

325

3

3

Saint Francis (Ind.)

3-0

315

4

4

Baker (Kan.)

4-0

302

5

T5

Doane (Neb.)

3-0

282

6

T5

Reinhardt (Ga.)

3-0

274

7

7

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

4-0

260

8

8

Grand View (Iowa)

3-1

251

9

12

Southern Oregon

1-2

230

10

13

Montana Tech

2-1

229

11

16

Missouri Valley

4-0

207

12

15

Benedictine (Kan.)

3-1

197

13

17

Tabor (Kan.)

1-1

168

14

18

Georgetown (Ky.)

2-1

164

15

10

Eastern Oregon

2-1

151

16

20

Concordia (Neb.)

3-0

137

17

9

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

2-2

133

18

RV

Sterling (Kan.)

2-0

99

19

24

Faulkner (Ala.)

2-1

97

20

10

Kansas Wesleyan

2-1

91

21

22

Dickinson State (N.D.)

2-1

78

22

14

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)

2-2

76

23

18

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

3-1

56

24

RV

Dakota State (S.D.)

3-1

24

T25

NR

Webber International (Fla.)

1-1

13

T25

NR

Midland (Neb.)

4-0

13


Dropped from Top 25: Carroll (Mont.) (No. 21); Montana Western (No. 22); Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (No. 25) 

Others Receiving Votes: Montana Western 12; Carroll (Mont.) 11; Peru State (Neb.) 9; Arizona Christian 9; Southeastern (Fla.) 6; Hastings (Neb.) 5; Bethel (Tenn.) 5.