North Central Moves To No. 2 in AFCA Division III Top 25

North Central Cardinals

The North Central Cardinals, the defending national champions, moved up to No. 2 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III Top 25, released on Sept. 27.

The Cardinals (3-0) are one of four teams that are receiving first-place votes from the coaches that take part in the poll

Mary Hardin-Baylor remained No. 1 after outlasting its conference rival, Hardin-Simmons, 34-28. After North Central at No. 2, which received 19 first-place votes to UMHB’s 24, UW-Whitewater was No. 3 (three first-place votes) and Mount Union was No. 4 (one first-place vote).

The AFCA rounded out its Top 10 with No. 5 Saint John’s, No. 6 UW-Oshkosh, No. 7 Delaware Valley, No. 8 Linfield, No. 9 Hardin-Simmons and No. 10 Wheaton.

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

Randolph-Macon, Chapman, John Carroll and Heidelberg dropped out of the Top 25.

Also receiving votes were John Carroll, 68; RPI, 64; Baldwin-Wallace, 52; Gustavus Adolphus, 43; Randolph-Macon, 42; Berry, 36; Westminster (PA), 32; Widener, 25; UW-Stout, 24; Trinity (TX), 22; Birmingham Southern, 21; Washington & Lee, 14; Chapman, 13; Ursinus, 9; Centre, 8; Wartburg, 6; California Lutheran, 5; Redlands, 5; Brockport, 4; Merchant Marine, 4; Howard Payne, 3; Ohio Wesleyan, 3; Chicago, 2; Aurora, 1; UW-River Falls, 1.

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