Final Week of Regular Season Approaches

With the final week of the regular season approaching, the Division III Coaches’ Poll saw plenty of shifting, as several teams moved up as many as six spots from their positions last week. After defeating two ranked opponents over the course of three weeks, new-No. 20 Wheaton (Ill.) returns to the top 25, defeating then-No. 11 Illinois Welseyan and then-No. 8 North Central (Ill.). With its performance this year, No. 6 Wisconsin-Oshkosh, currently at 9-0, will dethrone Wisconsin-Whitewater for the first time as Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) champs since 2004.

Following a 38-7 victory against then-No. 15 Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), No. 1 Mount Union clinched its 21st straight Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championship, with only John Carroll (Ohio) in the way of a perfect regular season. The rest of the top five remained unchanged, as No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 4 Linfield (Ore.) and No. 5 Wesley (Del.) went undefeated.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll - November 5, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Last WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (41) 9-0 1049 1 D. No. 15 Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 38-7 Nov. 10 at John Carroll (Ohio)
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (1) 9-0 1007 2 D. East Texas Baptist, 54-20 Nov. 10 vs. Mississippi College
3. St. Thomas (Minn.) 9-0 948 3 D. No. 16 Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 21-7 Nov. 10 vs. St. Olaf (Minn.)
4. Linfield (Ore.) 8-0 931 4 D. Puget Sound (Wash.), 47-7 Nov. 10 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
5. Wesley (Del.) 8-1 868 5 D. Apprentice School (Va.), 47-0 Regular Season Complete
6. Wis.-Oshkosh 9-0 847 6 D. Wis.-Stevens Point, 56-31 Nov. 10 at Wis.-Stout
7. Hobart (N.Y.) 9-0 799 7 D. St. Lawrence (N.Y.), 34-14 Nov. 10 vs. Rochester (N.Y.)
8. Cal Lutheran 7-1 747 10 D. La Verne (Calif.), 59-34 Nov. 10 vs. Chapman (Calif.)
9. Widener (Pa.) 8-0 683 11 Game Cancelled Nov. 10 vs. Delaware Valley (Pa.)
10. Coe (Iowa) 9-0 657 14 D. Luther (Iowa), 35-7 Nov. 10 vs. Central (Iowa)
11. Heidelberg (Ohio) 8-1 580 17 D. John Carroll (Ohio), 31-10 Nov. 10 vs. No. 24 Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio)
12. Wittenberg (Ohio) 8-1 451 18 D. Hiram (Ohio), 71-7 Nov. 10 at Oberlin (Ohio)
13. Waynesburg (Pa.) 9-0 438 19 Idle Nov. 10 vs. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)
14. Wis.-Platteville 7-2 414 20 D. Wis.-Stout, 62-20 Nov. 10 at Wis.-Stevens Point
15. Salisbury (Md.) 7-2 358 21 D. Utica (N.Y.), 63-23 Nov. 10 at Frostburg St. (Md.)
16. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 8-1 308 9 Lost to Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 14-12 Nov. 10 vs. McDaniel (Md.)
17. Concordia (Ill.) 9-0 298 22 D. Lakeland (Wis.), 37-3 Nov. 10 at Maranatha Baptist (Wis.)
18. Cortland St. (N.Y.) 7-1 284 23 Game Cancelled Nov. 10 vs. Ithaca (N.Y.)
19. North Central (Ill.) 7-2 281 8 Lost to Wheaton (Ill.), 35-21 Nov. 10 at Augustana (Ill.)
20. Wheaton (Ill.) 7-2 226 NR D. No. 8 North Central (Ill.), 35-21 Nov. 10 vs. North Park (Ill.)
21. Franklin (Ind.) 7-2 214 24 D. Bluffton (Ohio), 23-9 Nov. 10 vs. Hanover (Ind.)
22. Elmhurst (Ill.) 8-1 206 25 D. Carthage (Wis.), 41-24 Nov. 10 vs. Illinois Wesleyan
23. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 7-2 158 16 Lost to No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), 21-7 Nov. 10 at Gustavus Adolphus at (Minn.)
24. Bladwin-Wallace (Ohio.) 7-2 145 15 Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 38-7 Nov. 10 at No. 11 Heidelberg (Ohio)
25. Bethel (Minn.) 7-2 102 13 Lost to St. Olaf (Minn.), 24-17 Nov. 10 vs. St. John’s (Minn

    Dropped Out: Wabash (Ind.) (12).

    Others Receiving Votes: Huntingdon (Ala.), 100; Wabash (Ind.), 96; Adrian (Mich.), 82; Salve Regina (R.I.), 79; Ohio Welseyan, 71; Louisiana College, 53; Lake Forest (Ill.), 40; Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), 35; Rowan (N.J.), 21; Trinity (Conn.), 21; Washington & Lee (Va.), 11; Lycoming (Pa.), 10; Framingham St. (Mass.), 8; Willamette (Ore.), 8; Wis.-Whitewater, 5; Hardin-Simmons (Texas), 4; Muhlenberg (Pa.), 4; Wis. Lutheran, 3.

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