AFCA Division III Top 25: North Central Lead Steady Top 10

North Central RB Ethan Greenfield

The North Central Cardinals remained No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III Top 25, released on Oct. 18.

The Cardinals (6-0) remained undefeated with a 77-7 win over Elmhurst. The Cardinals ended up with 40 first-place votes, but three other teams received at least one first-place vote — No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (5 first-place votes), No. 3 UW-Whitewater (1 first-place vote) and No. 4 Mount Union (1 first-place vote).

In fact, the entire Top 10 remained the same as last week.

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

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

Wabash and RPI dropped out of the Top 25.

Also receiving votes were Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 49; Howard Payne (Tex.), 41; Wabash (Ind.), 37; Hobart (N.Y.), 34; Albion (Mich.), 25; Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 16; Redlands (Calif.), 14; Chapman (Calif.), 13; Wisconsin-Stout, 13; Lake Forest (Ill.), 12; Whitworth (Wash.), 12; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 11; Dubuque (Iowa), 10; Heidelberg (Ohio), 9; DePauw (Ind.), 5; Rensselaer (N.Y.), 5; Trinity (Conn.), 3; Wartburg (Iowa), 3; Aurora (Ill.), 2; Washington & Lee (Va.), 2.

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