AFCA Division III Top 25: North Central No. 1 in Final Poll

North Central Cardinals

The North Central Cardinals are the No. 1 team in the final American Football Coaches Association Division III Top 25 of the 2021 season, released on Nov. 15.

The Division III playoff field was announced on Sunday.

North Central, which is the defending national champion, received 39 first-place votes. The rest of the first-place votes continued to be divided by three other teams — No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (6), No. 3 UW-Whitewater (1) and No. 4 Mount Union (1). All four teams are in the playoffs, so they can settle it on the field.

The rest of the Top 10 in the poll included 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 Cortland, No. 13 Muhlenberg, No. 14 Trinity (TX), No. 15 UW-La Crosse, No. 16 Johns Hopkins, No. 17 Bethel (MN), No. 18 Randolph-Macon, No. 19 Randolph-Macon, No. 20 RPI, No. 21 Redlands, No. 22 Lake Forest, No. 23 Albion, No. 24 Ithaca and No. 25 UW-River Falls.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Baldwin Wallace, and Union (N.Y.) dropped out of the Top 25.

Also receiving votes were Hobart (N.Y.), 27; Union (N.Y.), 26; Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 19; Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 15; Williams (Mass.), 15; Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), 11; Aurora (Ill.), 10; Coe (Iowa), 10; Westminster (Pa.), 10; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 9; Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), 5; George Fox (Ore.), 5; John Carroll (Ohio), 5; Susquehanna (Pa.), 4; DePauw (Ind.), 3; Methodist (N.C.), 3; Ohio Wesleyan, 3; Heidelberg (Pa.), 2; Hope (Mich.), 1.

The College Football America 2021 Yearbook  features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

The print edition is available online via and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble.

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