Mary Hardin-Baylor Stays Strong

After their big win against McMurry (Texas), head coach Pete Fredenburg has his Crusaders pointed in the exact direction that he wants them. With a defense that’s only giving up an average of fewer than 13 points per game and a rushing attack that ranks in the top 10 in the country, No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) looks poised to strike as the latter half of the season approaches. The rest of the top five all passed their tests as well this weekend as No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn.) and No. 5 Wisconsin-Oshkosh all won handily. Wisconsin-Whitewater went on the road in their first WIAC test and defeated their in-state rival, then-No. 9 Wisconsin-Platteville, 30-24, to retain their spot as the second-best team in the nation. Whitewater won’t be getting a break, though, as Wisconsin-Oshkosh will be paying the Warhawks a visit this weekend.  

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll – October 3, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. PtsPrevLast WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (38) 4-0 1044 1 D. Ohio Northern, 38-21 Oct. 8 vs. Heidelberg (Ohio)
2. Wis.-Whitewater (2) 4-0 998 2 D. No. 9 Wis.-Platteville, 30-24 Oct. 8 vs. No. 5 Wis.-Oshkosh
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (2) 4-0 968 3 D. McMurry (Texas), 66-3 Oct. 8 at Howard Payne (Texas)
4. St. Thomas (Minn.) 5-0 928 4 D. Augsburg (Minn.), 55-7 Oct. 8 at Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.)
5. Wis.-Oshkosh 4-0 879 5 D. Wis.-Stout, 45-17 Oct. 8 at No. 2 Wis.-Whitewater
6. Wheaton (Ill.) 5-0 810 6 D. Illinois Wesleyan, 48-24 Oct. 8 vs. Millikin (Ill.)
7. North Central (Ill.) 5-0 776 7 Idle Oct. 8 at North Park (Ill.)
8. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 5-0 739 8 D. Juniata (Pa.), 52-17 Oct. 14 at Dickinson (Pa.)
9. Hardin-Simmons (Texas) 4-0 685 10 D. Sul Ross St. (Texas), 53-29 Oct. 8 at Louisiana College
10. Linfield (Ore.) 2-1 608 11 D. Lewis & Clark (Ore.), 59-7 Oct. 8 at Pacific (Ore.)
11. Salisbury (Md.) 4-0 566 12 D. TCNJ, 41-6 Oct. 8 at Rowan (N.J.)
12. Wis.-Platteville 3-1 530 9 Lost to No. 2 Wis.-Whitewater, 30-24 Oct. 8 at No. 24 Wis.-Stevens Point
13. St. John’s (Minn.) 4-1 498 14 D. Bethel (Minn.), 42-27 Oct. 8 at Augsburg (Minn.)
14. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 5-0 491 13 D. Buffalo St. (N.Y.), 28-24 Oct. 8 vs. Morrisville St. (N.Y.)
15. Wittenberg (Ohio) 4-0 432 17 D. Wooster (Ohio), 41-13 Oct. 8 vs. DePauw (Ind.)
16. Hobart (N.Y.) 5-0 421 16 D. Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 38-35 Oct. 8 at RPI (N.Y.)
17. East Texas Baptist 4-0 349 18 D. Belhaven (Miss.), 60-47 Oct. 8 at McMurry (Texas)
18. Dubuque (Iowa) 5-0 317 20 D. Central (Iowa), 35-17 Oct. 8 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan
19. Thomas More (Ky.) 4-1 288 19 D. Westminster (Pa.), 45-35 Oct. 8 vs. Grove City (Pa.)
20. Franklin (Ind.) 4-1 249 21 D. Manchester (Ind.), 41-27 Oct. 8 vs. Earlham (Ind.)
21. Stevenson (Md.) 5-0 225 22 D. Misericordia (Pa.), 48-0 Oct. 15 at Widener (Pa.)
22. St. Lawrence (N.Y.) 5-0 179 24 D. Springfield (Mass.), 42-14 Oct. 8 at Rochester (N.Y.)
23. Wabash (Ind.) 3-1 142 23 D. Hiram (Ohio), 45-21 Oct. 8 vs. Oberlin (Ohio)
24. Wis.-Stevens Point 4-0 80 NR D. Wis.-Eau Claire, 28-19 Oct. 8 vs. No. 12 Wis.-Platteville
25. Guilford (N.C.) 4-0 68 NR D. Catholic (D.C.), 59-0 Oct. 8 at Hampden-Sydney (Va.)

Dropped Out: Huntingdon (Ala.) (15); Christopher Newport (Va.) (25).

Others Receiving Votes: Delaware Valley (Pa.), 49; Monmouth (Ill.), 48; John Carroll (Ohio), 38; Coe (Iowa), 37; Alfred (N.Y.), 31; Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 29; Huntingdon (Ala.), 24; Muhlenberg (Pa.), 23; Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 16; Wis.-La Crosse, 15; Hendrix (Ark.), 14; Western New England (Mass.), 12; DePauw (Ind.), 9; Whitworth (Wash.), 9; Central (Iowa), 6; Louisiana College, 6; Wesley (Del.), 5; Berry (Ga.), 2; Christopher Newport (Va.), 2; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), 2; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 2; Husson (Maine), 1.

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