Linfield (Ore.) Finishing Strong in Poll

After their early-season hiccup on the road against No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), the Linfield (Ore.) Wildcats have totally controlled their season and climbed into the top 10 of the AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll. Their victory against Puget Sound (Wash.) clinches at least a share of the Northwest Conference title for Joe Smith and his team for the eighth straight season.

  Elsewhere in the poll, Wesley (Del.) climbed into the No. 25 spot, overcoming a pair of early-season losses to maintain a streak of appearing in the poll that goes back to 2005. Head coach Mike Drass will be looking to have his squad focused against William Paterson (N.J.) this weekend with a shot at the New Jersey Athletic Conference title on the line. After long absences, Muhlenberg (Pa.) and Wittenberg (Ohio) climbed back into the poll at No. 22 and No. 23 respectively.

  The Ohio Athletic Conference title will also be up for grabs this weekend, as No. 18 John Carroll (Ohio) travels to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio) to take a shot at the reigning king. Alfred (N.Y.) hosts St. John Fisher (N.Y.) on Saturday, looking to clinch their first Elite 8 title since 2010.

 

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll

November 7, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. PtsPrevLast WeekNext Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (38) 9-0 1046 1 D. Muskingum (Ohio), 44-0 Nov. 12 vs. No. 18 John Carroll (Ohio)
2. Wis.-Whitewater (2) 9-0 985 2 D. Wis.-River Falls, 27-20 OT Nov. 12 at Wis.-Stout
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (1) 9-0 974 3 D. Belhaven (Miss.), 59-21 Nov. 12 vs. Louisiana College
4. St. Thomas (Minn.) (1) 9-0 934 4 D. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 40-6 Nov. 12 vs. St. Olaf (Minn.)
5. North Central (Ill.) 9-0 868 5 D. Carthage (Wis.), 34-21 Nov. 12 vs. Elmhurst (Ill.)
6. Wis.-Oshkosh 8-1 834 6 D. Wis.-La Crosse, 51-29 Nov. 12 at Wis.-Eau Claire
7. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 9-0 778 7 D. Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 48-28 Nov. 12 vs. McDaniel (Md.)
8. Linfield (Ore.) 7-1 728 8 D. Puget Sound (Wash.), 50-14 Nov. 12 vs. Pacific Luteran (Wash.)
9. St. John’s (Minn.) 8-1 723 9 D. Hamline (Minn.), 42-6 Nov. 12 at Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.)
10. Wheaton (Ill.) 8-1 656 10 D. Augustana (Ill.), 37-14 Nov. 12 vs. Carroll (Wis.)
11. Hardin-Simmons (Texas) 8-1 643 11 D. No. 21 East Texas Baptist, 66-30 Nov. 12 vs. McMurry (Texas)
12. Coe (Iowa) 9-0 513 15 Idle Nov. 12 at Simpson (Iowa)
13. Thomas More (Ky.) 9-1 504 14 D. Thiel (Pa.), 63-16 Season Complete
14. Wabash (Ind.) 8-1 443 16 D. Denison (Ohio), 22-14 Nov. 12 vs. DePauw (Ind.)
15. Wis.-Platteville 7-2 420 17 D. Wis.-Eau Claire, 56-0 Nov. 12 at Wis.-La Crosse
16. Alfred (N.Y.) 9-0 417 19 D. Utica (N.Y.), 35-21 Nov. 12 vs. No. 19 St. John Fisher (N.Y.)
17. Monmouth (Ill.) 9-0 351 20 D. St. Norbert (Wis.), 38-14 Nov. 12 at Knox (Ill.)
18. John Carroll (Ohio) 8-1 323 22 D. Otterbein (Ohio), 49-6 Nov. 12 at No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio)
19. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 8-1 263 23 D. Hartwick (N.Y.), 68-40 Nov. 12 at No. 16 Alfred (N.Y.)
20. Case Western Reserve (Ohio) 9-0 235 24 D. Westminster (Pa.), 26-22 Nov. 12 vs. Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)
21. Hobart (N.Y.) 8-1 234 25 D. No. 13 St. Lawrence (N.Y.), 34-18 Nov. 12 vs. Rochester (N.Y.)
22. Muhlenberg (Pa.) 8-1 136 NR D. Ursinus (Pa.), 49-7 Nov. 12 at Moravian (Pa.)
23. Wittenberg (Ohio) 8-1 113 NR D. Kenyon (Ohio), 64-17 Nov. 12 at Allegheny (Pa.)
24. Stevenson (Md.) 8-1 112 12 Lost to Wilkes (Pa.), 38-35 Nov. 12 at Lycoming (Pa.)
25. Wesley (Del.) 7-2 89 NR D. No. 18 Salisbury (Md.), 44-27 Nov. 12 vs. William Paterson (N.J.)


Dropped Out:
St. Lawrence (N.Y.) (13); Salisbury (Md.) (18); East Texas Baptist (21).

 

Others Receiving Votes: Western New England (Mass.), 83; St. Lawrence (N.Y.), 53; Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 40; Huntingdon (Ala.), 31; East Texas Baptist, 22; Olivet (Mich.), 19; Redlands (Calif.), 15; Franklin (Ind.), 12; Centre (Ky.), 11; Trinity (Conn.), 11;
Wis.-Stevens Point, 9; Albright (Pa.), 7; Frostburg St. (Md.), 6; Salisbury (Md.), 5; Dubuque (Iowa), 2; Husson (Maine), 2.

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