Campbellsville’s football team finishes the season ranked 20th in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll. Photo and Graphic by CU Athletics.

Campbellsville’s football team held at No. 20 in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The Tigers finished the season with 76 total points in the national ranking after ending the year with a record of 8-2 overall. Campbellsville capped off its season with a victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the NCCAA Victory Bowl, 41-28.

In the Mid-South Conference, the Tigers finished third in their division after posting a Bluegrass Division record of 4-2. Campbellsville’s only two losses this season came in double overtime to Georgetown College – who finished seventh in the postseason poll – and Lindsey Wilson College – who is fifth in the ranking.

Lindsey Wilson earned 244 points to sit at No. 5 overall after finishing 11-1 on the season and Georgetown grabbed 220 total points following a 9-2 season to move up to seventh. Cumberland University rounds out the MSC Bluegrass Division teams mentioned in the poll as it picked up four points to sit three spots outside of the top 25.

Reinhardt University is the highest ranked Mid-South team in the poll after it finished as the national runner-up and represents the Appalachian Division at No. 2 with 277 points. Southeastern University is the only team from the MSC Sun Division in the top 25 as it ranks 10th overall with an 8-2 mark.

Two-time defending national champions University of St. Francis held the No. 1 ranking all season as it garnered all 13 first-place votes and 288 points. Morningside College remains third with 265 points and Southern Oregon University is the final team in the top five at No. 4 with 256 points.

No new teams entered the top 25 in the postseason rating.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.

2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll (December 19, 2017)

RANK PREVIOUS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (13) 14-0 288
2 2 Reinhardt (Ga.) 12-1 277
3 3 Morningside (Iowa) 13-1 265
4 5 Southern Oregon 12-1 256
5 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 11-1 244
6 8 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 10-2 223
7 12 Georgetown (Ky.) 9-2 220
8 10 Northwestern (Iowa) 10-3 215
9 6 Baker (Kan.) 10-2 200
10 9 Southeastern (Fla.) 8-2 188
11 11 Grand View (Iowa) 9-3 174
12 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 9-3 166
13 7 Langston (Okla.) 10-1 157
14 13 Dickinson State (N.D.) 9-2 152
15 14 Concordia (Mich.) 9-2 144
16 16 Sterling (Kan.) 9-3 124
17 17 Tabor (Kan.) 8-2 108
18 19 Marian (Ind.) 7-3 94
19 18 SAGU (Texas) 8-3 92
20 20 Campbellsville (Ky.) 8-2 76
21 21 Kansas Wesleyan 8-3 60
22 22 Faulkner (Ala.) 7-3 55
23 23 Dakota State (S.D.) 8-3 38
24 24 Oklahoma Panhandle State 7-3 35
25 25 Evangel (Mo.) 7-4 21

Dropped from the Top 25: None

Others Receiving Votes: Montana Tech 9; College of Idaho 6; Cumberland (Tenn.) 4

 

by David Gerhart

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