The entire Top 10 of Division III remained locked in with the unveiling of the American Football Coaches Association Division III Top 25, released on Nov. 8.
The only intrigue right now is the No. 1 team, though North Central — the defending national champion — has a clear edge. The undefeated Cardinals have 40 of the 47 first-place votes. But the other seven votes are distributed between No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (5), No. 3 UW-Whitewater (1) No. 5 Saint John’s (1). Yes, No. 4 Mount Union did not receive a first-place vote.
The Top 10 in the poll included No. 1 North Central, No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor, No. 3 UW-Whitewater, No. 4 Mount Union, 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 Salisbury, No. 12 Bethel (MN), No. 13 Cortland, No. 14 Muhlenberg, No. 15 Trinity (TX), No. 16 UW-La Crosse, No. 17 Johns Hopkins, No. 18 Ithaca, No. 19 Randolph-Macon, No. 20 UW-Oshkosh, No. 21 Baldwin Wallace, No. 22 Union (NY), No. 23 Birmingham-Southern, No. 24 RPI and No. 25 Redlands.
John Carroll and Washington & Jefferson dropped out of the Top 25.
Also receiving votes were Lake Forest (Ill.), 72; Albion (Mich.), 51; DePauw (Ind.), 43; Wisconsin-River Falls, 35; Washington & Lee (Va.), 11; Hobart (N.Y.), 9; Ursinus (Pa.), 8; Westminster (Pa.), 7; Heidelberg (Pa.), 6; Whitworth (Wash.), 5; Coe (Iowa), 4; Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 3; Methodist (N.C.), 3; Susquehanna (Pa.), 2; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 1; Ohio Wesleyan, 1; Rose-Hulman (Ind.), 1; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 1; Williams (Mass.), 1.
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