Wheaton Going Strong

With the regular season complete and the playoff bracket set, No. 4 Wheaton (Ill.) is going strong in the AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll heading into the postseason. After completing the season with a perfect 10-0 record, the Thunder will face off against Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference champions, the Lakeland (Wis.) Muskies. There weren’t many surprises last week, as top ranked teams took care of business, with No. 25 Dubuque (Iowa) making its first appearance in the poll since December 19, 2011.

  The rest of the Top 10 will be hosting their first playoff games, with top matchups coming from No. 9 Thomas More (Ky.) against No. 15 Washington & Lee (Va.) and No. 10 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) in a rematch against No. 13 Hardin-Simmons (Texas).

 

2015 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll

November 16, 2015

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. PtsPrevLast WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (39) 10-0 1047 1 D. No. 14 John Carroll (Ohio), 36-3 Nov. 21 vs. St. Lawrence (N.Y.)
2. Linfield (Ore.) (3) 9-0 1004 2 D. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), 38-10 Nov. 21 vs. No. 21 Whitworth (Wash.)
3. St. Thomas (Minn.) 10-0 927 4 D. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 66-9 Nov. 21 vs. La Verne (Calif.)
4. Wheaton (Ill.) 10-0 923 3 D. Cathage (Wis.), 17-3 Nov. 21 vs. Lakeland (Wis.)
5. Wis.-Oshkosh 9-1 875 5 D. Wis.-Eau Claire, 38-0 Nov. 21 vs. St. Scholastica (Minn.)
6. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 10-0 813 6 D. McDaniel (Md.), 49-24 Nov. 21 vs. No. 19 Western New England (Mass.)
7. Wabash (Ind.) 10-0 790 7 D. No. 25 DePauw (Ind.), 45-17 Nov. 21 vs. No. 20 Albion (Pa.)
8. Wis.-Whitewater 9-1 776 8 D. Wis.-Stout, 63-14 Nov. 21 vs. No. 17 St. Norbert (Wis.)
9. Thomas More (Ky.) 10-0 702 9 Idle Nov. 21 vs. No. 15 Washington & Lee (Va.)
10. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) 9-1 675 10 D. East Texas Baptist, 67-20 Nov. 21 vs. No. 13 Hardin-Simmons (Texas)
11. St. John’s (Minn.) 9-1 626 11 D. St. Olaf (Minn.), 49-7 Nov. 21 vs. No. 25 Dubuque (Iowa)
12. Wesley (Del.) 9-1 584 12 D. William Paterson (N.J.), 63-0 Nov. 21 vs. Framingham St. (Mass.)
13. Hardin-Simmons (Texas) 9-1 536 15 D. Louisiana College, 82-21 Nov. 21 at No. 10 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)
14. Wartburg (Iowa) 9-1 498 13 D. Loras (Iowa), 49-34 Season Complete
15. Washington & Lee (Va.) 10-0 455 16 D. Shenandoah (Va.), 34-21 Nov. 21 at No. 9 Thomas More (Ky.)
16. Wis.-Platteville 8-2 386 17 D. Wis.-La Crosse, 52-7 Season Complete
17. St. Norbert (Wis.) 10-0 309 18 D. Monmouth (Ill.), 16-7 Nov. 21 at No. 8 Wis.-Whitewater
18. Albright (Mich.) 9-1 287 20 D. Lebanon Valley (Pa.), 38-13 Nov. 21 vs. Norwich (Vt.)
19. Western New England (Mass.) 10-0 264 19 D. Salve Regina (R.I.), 28-21 Nov. 21 at No. 6 Johns Hopkins (Md.)
20. Albion (Mich.) 9-1 210 21 D. Aurora (Ill.), 42-14 Nov. 21 at No. 7 Wabash (Ind.)
21. Whitworth (Wash.) 9-1 186 23 D. Lewis & Clark (Ore.), 47-19 Nov. 21 at No. 2 Linfield (Ore.)
22. John Carroll (Ohio) 8-2 182 14 Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 36-3 Season Complete
23. North Central (Ill.) 7-3 161 22 D. Elmhurst (Ill.), 56-21 Season Complete
24. Guilford (N.C.) 9-1 108 24 D. Emory & Henry (Va.), 41-30 Season Complete
25. Dubuque (Iowa) 8-2 60 NR D. Central (Iowa), 38-16 Nov. 21 at No. 11 St. John’s (Minn.)

Dropped Out: DePauw (Ind.) (25).

Others Receiving Votes: Texas Lutheran, 44; Salisbury (Md.), 36; Framingham State (Mass.), 22; Huntingdon (Ala.), 19; Olivet (Mich.), 19; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 17; La Verne (Calif.), 15; Ohio Northern, 14; East Texas Baptist, 13; Amherst (Mass.), 12; Cortland State (N.Y.), 11; Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 8; Franklin (Ind.), 8; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 8; Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 7; Hendrix (Ark.), 4; DePauw (Ind.), 3; Hobart (N.Y.), 2; Muhlenberg (Pa.), 2; Delaware Valley (Pa.), 1; St. Scholastica (Minn.), 1.

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