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MARSHALL, Mo. (Viking Press Release)- The Missouri Valley College football team continued its climb up the rankings, moving up five spots to No. 11 in the latest edition of the 2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released Monday.

Missouri Valley is coming off a 21-17 comeback victory on the road over Peru State (Neb.) College Saturday, moving the team’s record to 4-0 on the season.  It’s the best start for the program since 2012, when the team completed the regular season with a 10-0 record.

The five-spot jump in the rankings is tied for the largest positive move for a program in the coaches’ poll, Faulkner (Ala.) University moved from No. 24 to No. 19 in this week’s rankings.  Missouri Valley is one of five Heart of America Athletic Conference schools featured in the top 25.  Baker (Kan.) University sits at No. 4, Grand View (Iowa) University comes in at No. 8, Benedictine (Kan.) College is No. 12 and MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University sits at No. 23.  Peru State is in the “others receiving votes” category.  The Vikings own a 16-10 win over Benedictine.

No. 11 Missouri Valley hosts No. 8 Grand View Saturday at Gregg-Mitchell Field.  Kickoff is set for 11:07 a.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN3, KSMO-TV and Mediacom.

 

2016 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (September 19)
RANK- LAST TIME-SCHOOL- (1ST PLACE VOTES) -2016 RECORD- TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Marian (Ind.) (15) 3­-0 340
2 2 Morningside (Iowa) 2-­0 325
3 3 Saint Francis (Ind.) 3­-0 315
4 4 Baker (Kan.) 4­-0 302
5 T5 Doane (Neb.) 3­-0 282
6 T5 Reinhardt (Ga.) 3­-0 274
7 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 4-­0 260
8 8 Grand View (Iowa) 3­-1 251
9 12 Southern Oregon 1-­2 230
10 13 Montana Tech 2-­1 229
11 16 Missouri Valley 4-­0 207
12 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 3-­1 197
13 17 Tabor (Kan.) 1­-1 168
14 18 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-­1 164
15 10 Eastern Oregon 2-­1 151
16 20 Concordia (Neb.) 3­-0 137
17 9 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 2­-2 133
18 RV Sterling (Kan.) 2-­0 99
19 24 Faulkner (Ala.) 2-­1 97
20 10 Kansas Wesleyan 2-­1 91
21 22 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2­-1 78
22 14 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 2­-2 76
23 18 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3-­1 56
24 RV Dakota State (S.D.) 3-­1 24
T25 NR Webber International (Fla.) 1­-1 13
T25 NR Midland (Neb.) 4­-0 13

Dropped from Top 25: Carroll (Mont.) (No. 21); Montana Western (No. 22); Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (No. 25)
Others Receiving Votes: Montana Western 12; Carroll (Mont.) 11; Peru State (Neb.) 9; Arizona Christian 9; Southeastern (Fla.) 6;
Hastings (Neb.) 5; Bethel (Tenn.) 5.