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Lights remain in NAIA Top 25

 

October 8, 2013



A loss at Rocky Mountain College Saturday was difficult, but the Montana State University-Northern Lights are still getting national respect.

In this week’s NAIA Coaches Poll, the Lights dropped from No. 19 to No. 24, following their 23-13 defeat last Saturday at then No. 16 Rocky Mountain. Northern fell to 4-2 in the Frontier Conference and dropped from first to third place.

Meanwhile, the Battlin’ Bears (4-1, 5-1) moved up three spots to No. 13 this week. Rocky is alone in first place in the Frontier, leading Carroll College by a half of a game. The Fighting Saints had a bye this past weekend, but managed to climb two spots in Monday’s poll. Carroll now sits at No. 7 heading into its home game with Dickinson State on Saturday.

Carroll, Rocky and Northern are all ranked, while both UM-Western, which lost 20-0 at Eastern Oregon, and Southern Oregon, which crushed Montana Tech, received three votes in this week’s poll.

Northern has a bye this week before traveling to Southern Oregon Oct. 19.

NAIA Football Poll

The Associated Press

Rec. Pts Pv

1. Morningside (Iowa) (14) 4-0 314 1

2. Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-0 299 2

3. Grand View (Iowa) 5-0 292 4

4. Saint Francis (Ind.) 3-1 275 6

5. Benedictine (Kan.) 5-0 261 7

6. Missouri Valley 3-1 249 8

7. Carroll (Mont.) 4-1 235 8

8. Ottawa (Kan.) 4-1 230 10

9. St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3-1 215 11

10. Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-2 211 3

11. Baker (Kan.) 4-1 206 12

12. Georgetown (Ky.) 2-2 175 5

13. Rocky Mountain 5-1 162 16

14. Tabor (Kan.) 4-1 160 15

15. Concordia (Neb.) 5-0 149 17

16. Valley City State (N.D.) 4-1 132 18

17. Friends (Kan.) 4-1 120 20

17. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5-1 120 14

19. Peru State (Neb.) 4-1 94 24

20. Doane (Neb.) 3-2 91 13

21. Trinity Intl (Ill.) 4-1 52 NR

22. Nebraska Wesleyan 3-2 51 NR

23. Faulkner (Ala.) 4-2 49 NR

24. Montana State-Northern 4-2 43 19

25. St. Francis (Ill.) 3-2 16 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Reinhardt (Ga.) 13; Robert Morris (Ill.) 7; Montana Western 3; Southern Oregon 3; Campbellsville (Ky.) 3; Siena Heights (Mich.) 3.

 

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