AFCA Division III Top 25: Mary Hardin-Baylor Starts No. 1

Pete Fredenburg

The Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders are No. 1 in the first American Football Coaches Association Division III Top 25, released on Sept. 20.

The Crusaders, already 3-0 on the season, received 26 first-place votes, and were one of four programs to receive first-place votes in the first poll of the season.

At No. 2 was Wisconsin-Whitewater, which is also undefeated and received four first-place votes.

Mount Union was No. 3 with two first-place votes. And North Central, the defending champion by virtue of there being no national playoff in 2020, received 15 first-place votes, but came in at No. 4 overall in the poll.

The AFCA rounded out its Top 10 with No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor, No. 4 North Central (the defending national champion), No. 5 Saint John’s, No. 6 Hardin-Simmons, No. 7 UW-Oshkosh, No. 8 Delaware Valley, No. 9 Linfield and No. 10 Wheaton.

After the Top 10, the rest of the AFCA Top 25 included No. 11 Union (NY), No. 12 Washington & Jefferson, No. 13 Central (IA), No. 14 Johns Hopkins, No. 15 Bethel (MN), No. 16 Randolph-Macon, No. 17 Salisbury, No. 18 Chapman, No. 19 Ithaca, No. 20 Wabash, No. 21 John Carroll, No. 22 UW-La Crosse, No. 23 Cortland, No. 24 Heidelberg and No. 25 Muhlenberg.

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