AFCA Division III Top 25: North Central Flips to No. 1

Andrew Kamienski, North Central Cardinals

After thoroughly dominating Carroll (WI) last weekend, the North Central Cardinals leap-frogged Mary Hardin-Baylor to No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III Top 25, released on Oct. 4.

The Cardinals (4-0), like the Crusaders (5-0), are undefeated. The first-place votes between the two teams were nearly equally split, with North Central getting 21 and UMHB getting 23. But the Cardinals had one more total point than the Crusaders to flip them to No. 1.

Two other teams received at least one first-place vote — No. 3 UW-Whitewater and No. 4 Mount Union.

The AFCA rounded out its Top 10 with No. 5 Saint John’s, No. 6 UW-Oshkosh, (tie) No. 7 Delaware Valley and No. 7 Linfield, and No. 10 Wheaton.

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

Hobart dropped out of the Top 25.

Also receiving votes were John Carroll (Ohio), 47; Trinity (Tex.), 39; Randolph-Macon (Va.), 25; Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 24; Birmingham-Southern (Ala.), 23; Centre (Ky.), 18; Hobart (N.Y.), 12; California Lutheran, 9; Heidelberg (Ohio), 9; Westminster (Pa.), 9; Brockport (N.Y.), 8; Chicago (Ill.), 7; Howard Payne (Tex.), 4; Wisconsin-Stout, 3; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 2; Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 2; and Redlands (Calif.), 1.

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