Mount Union Starting Strong

With its domination of Marietta (Ohio) this past week, Mount Union (Ohio) is stepping off on the right foot to defend their National Title. The Purple Raiders defeated the Pioneers on Saturday night, 56-0, with the help of nearly 600 yards of offense and a stout defense that returned an interception for a touchdown. Mount Union is traveling to face-off against Ohio Athletic Conference foe Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) this Saturday. Wisconsin-Whitewater came in second with three first place votes and Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) came in behind the Warhawks at third with two first place votes. Saint Thomas (Minn.) and Wisonsin-Oshkosh round out the Top 5. There are several Top 25 matchups this week, as St. Thomas travels to No. 8 St. John’s (Minn.) on Saturday to start Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, No. 9 Johns Hopkins (Md.) visiting No. 24 Mulenberg (Pa.) and No. 10 Wabash (Ind.) on the road to take on No. 20 Wittenberg (Ohio).  

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll – September 19, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. PtsPrevLast WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (37) 2-0 1045 D. Marietta (Ohio), 56-0 Sept. 24 at Baldwin Wallace (Ohio)
2. Wis.-Whitewater (3) 2-0 986 Idle Sept. 24 vs. Morningside (Iowa)
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (2) 3-0 967 D. No. 14 Linfield (Ore.), 66-27 Oct. 1 vs. McMurry (Texas)
4. St. Thomas (Minn.) 3-0 932 D. Carleton (Minn.), 62-10 Sept. 24 at No. 8 St. John’s (Minn.)
5. Wis.-Oshkosh 2-0 822 D. Finlandia (Mich.), 68-7 Sept. 24 at Morthland College (Ill.)
6. Wheaton (Ill.) 3-0 788 D. Carthage (Wis.), 19-14 Sept. 24 vs. Elmhurst (Ill.)
7. North Central (Ill.) 3-0 703 D. Illinois Wesleyan, 34-7 Sept. 24 vs. Millikin (Ill.)
8. St. John’s (Minn.) 3-0 691 D. St. Olaf (Minn.), 44-0 Sept. 24 vs. No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn.)
9. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 3-0 687 D. Moravian (Pa.), 29-21 Sept. 24 at No. 24 Muhlenberg (Pa.)
10. Wabash (Ind.) 2-0 617 D. Allegheny (Pa.), 59-7 Sept. 24 at No. 20 Wittenberg (Ohio)
11. Wis.-Platteville 2-0 616 Idle Sept. 24 at Lakeland (Wis.)
12. Hardin-Simmons (Texas) 2-0 595 D. Southwestern Assemblies (Texas), 61-24 Sept. 24 vs Texas Lutheran
13. Delaware Valley (Pa.) 3-0 478 D. King’s (Pa.), 49-14 Sept. 24 vs. Albright (Pa.)
14. Linfield (Ore.) 1-1 464 Lost to No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), 66-27 Oct. 1 vs. Lewis & Clark (Ore.)
15. Salisbury (Md.) 2-0 395 D. Montclair State (N.J.), 40-20 Sept. 24 at Southern Virginia
16. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 3-0 363 D. Cortland State (N.Y.), 31-24 Sept. 24 at Brockport (N.Y.)
17. Huntingdon (Ala.) 3-0 339 D. Belhaven (Miss.), 65-21 Oct. 1 at N.C. Wesleyan
18. Hobart (N.Y.) 3-0 295 D. Ithaca (N.Y.), 23-3 Sept. 24 vs Union (N.Y.)
19. Thomas More (Ky.) 2-1 198 D. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 35-9 Sept. 24 vs. Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)
20. Wittenberg (Ohio) 2-0 179 D. Ohio Wesleyan, 33-7 Sept. 24 vs. No. 10 Wabash (Ind.)
21. Dubuque (Iowa) 3-0 165 D. Simpson (Iowa), 41-20 Sept. 24 at Luther (Iowa)
22. East Texas Baptist 3-0 161 D. Southwestern (Texas), 33-23 Oct. 1 at Belhaven (Miss.)
23. Franklin (Ind.) 2-1 156 D. Defiance (Ohio), 41-6 Sept. 24 vs. Bluffton (Ohio)
24. Muhlenberg (Pa.) 3-0 136 D. McDaniel (Md.), 42-13 Sept. 24 vs No. 9 Johns Hopkins (Md.)
25. St. Lawrence (N.Y.) 3-0 133 D. Endicott (Mass.), 38-0 Sept. 24 at RPI (N.Y.)

Others Receiving Votes: Stevenson (Md.), 131; Cortland (N.Y.), 95; Guilford (N.C.), 66; John Carroll (Ohio), 63; Christopher Newport (Va.), 60; Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 40; Central (Iowa), 38; Whitworth (Wash.), 33; Wartburg (Iowa), 26; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 26; Wesley (Del.), 20; Wis.-Stevens Point, 19; Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 17; Hendrix (Ark.), 16; Coe (Iowa), 13; DePauw (Ind.), 13; Centre (Ky.), 11; Albright (Pa.), 10; Wis.-La Crosse, 7; Monmouth (Ill.), 6; Alfred (N.Y.), 5; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), 5; Rowan (N.J.), 5; Berry (Ga.), 3; Framingham St. (Mass.), 3; La Verne (Calif.), 3; Illinois Wesleyan, 2; Brockport (N.Y.), 1; Louisiana College, 1; Western New England (Mass.), 1.

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