Charting the polls

This week’s Division III polls are out and the MIAC remains well-represented.

In this week’s D3football.com top 25, St. Thomas is ranked No. 4 and Bethel is ranked No. 9. Those two teams meet Saturday in St. Paul. Concordia – which dropped a heartbreaking 15-14 game at Bethel Saturday (http://deadspin.com/5949884/division-iii-football-game-provides-reminder-not-to-storm-the-field-until-the-game-is-actually-over) – received 31 votes, the highest total of any team not to make the poll.

In this week’s AFCA poll, St. Thomas is No. 3 and Bethel is No. 7. Concordia is ranked No. 25. And Augsburg – fresh off Saturday’s 47-18 win over St. John’s – received six votes.

Mount Union remains No. 1 in both polls. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) remains No. 2.

Here is this week’s D3football.com poll:

# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.
1 Mount Union (23) 5-0 623 1
2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (2) 5-0 598 2
3 Linfield 4-0 563 3
4 St. Thomas 5-0 547 4
5 UW-Whitewater 4-1 499 5
6 Wesley 4-1 489 6
7 Salisbury 4-1 473 7
8 Cal Lutheran 3-1 412 8
9 Bethel 5-0 383 10
10 North Central (Ill.) 4-1 373 11
11 St. John Fisher 4-1 354 9
12 Hobart 6-0 320 12
13 UW-Platteville 4-1 314 14
14 Illinois Wesleyan 5-0 304 13
15 Wabash 4-1 234 16
16 Birmingham-Southern 5-1 233 15
17 Widener 6-0 221 17
18 Johns Hopkins 5-0 204 18
19 UW-Oshkosh 5-0 200 19
20 Wheaton (Ill.) 4-1 147 20
21 Louisiana College 4-1 106 23
22 Rowan 5-1 95 23
23 Huntingdon 5-1 90 24
24 Franklin 3-2 83 22
T25 Otterbein 5-0 55 25
T25 Heidelberg 5-0 55

Dropped out: None.

Others receiving votes: Concordia-Moorhead 31; Coe 28; Willamette 23; Baldwin Wallace 21; Waynesburg 16; Salve Regina 10; Brockport State 8; Wittenberg 5; Carnegie Mellon 2; Pacific Lutheran 2; Alfred 2; Trinity (Conn.) 1; Washington and Lee 1.

And this week’s AFCA poll:

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last Week Next Game
1. Mount Union (Ohio) (41) 5-0 1049 1 D. Wilmington (Ohio), 66-0 Oct. 13 vs. Capital (Ohio)
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) (1) 5-0 1008 2 D. Texas Lutheran, 49-31 Oct. 13 at Louisiana College
3. St. Thomas (Minn.) 5-0 928 3 D. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 28-14 Oct. 13 vs. No. 7 Bethel (Minn.)
4. Linfield (Ore.) 4-0 893 4 Idle Oct. 13 vs. Whitworth (Wash.)
5. Wis.-Whitewater 4-1 856 5 D. Wis.-River Falls, 35-0 Oct. 13 vs. Wis.-Stout
6. Wesley (Del.) 4-1 843 6 D. No. 11 Birmingham-Southern (Ala.), 26-17 Oct. 13 vs. Virginia-Lynchburg
7. Bethel (Minn.) 5-0 773 7 D. No. 23 Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 15-14 Oct. 13 at No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.)
8. Hobart (N.Y.) 6-0 716 9 D. Springfield (Mass.), 28-7 Oct. 20 vs. Rennselaer (Mass.)
9. Salisbury (Md.) 4-1 691 10 D. No. 17 St. John Fisher (Minn.), 28-17 Oct. 13 vs. Hartwick (N.Y.)
10. North Central (Ill.) 4-1 587 12 D. Millikin (Ill.), 42-22 Oct. 13 vs. North Park (Ill.)
11. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 5-0 514 13 Idle Oct. 13 at Dickinson (Pa.)
12. Cal Lutheran 3-1 507 14 D. Redlands (Calif.), 45-35 Oct. 13 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.)
13. Illinois Wesleyan 5-0 506 15 D. North Park (Ill.), 44-7 Oct. 13 vs. Carthage (Wisc.)
14. Wis.-Platteville 4-1 494 16 D. Wis.-La Crosse, 40-10 Oct. 13 at No. 18 Wis.-Oshkosh
15. Widener (Pa.) 5-0 431 17 D. Stevenson (Md.), 56-20 Oct. 20 at Lycoming (Pa.)
16. Wis.-Oshkosh 5-0 410 18 D. Wis.-Eau Claire, 50-13 Oct. 13 vs. No. 14 Wis.-Platteville
17. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 4-1 338 8 Lost to No. 10 Salisbury (Md.), 28-17 Oct. 13 vs. Alfred (N.Y.)
18. Wabash (Ind.) 4-1 311 19 D. Wittenberg (Ohio), 27-24 Oct. 13 at Washington U. (Mo.)
19. Birmingham-Southern (Ala.) 5-1 304 11 Lost to No. 6 Wesley (Del.), 26-17 Oct. 13 at Trinity (Texas)
20. Heidelberg (Ohio) 5-0 263 22 D. Capital (Ohio), 45-10 Oct. 13 vs. Otterbein (Ohio)
21. Wheaton (Ill.) 4-1 259 21 D. Carthage (Wisc.), 44-10 Oct. 13 at Elmhurst (Ill.)
22. Coe (Iowa) 5-0 160 25 D. Loras (Iowa), 69-7 Oct. 13 at Dubuque (Iowa)
23. Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) 4-1 119 24 D. Ohio Northern, 22-20 Oct. 13 vs. Wilmington (Ohio)
24. Willamette (Ore.) 5-0 101 NR D. Whitworth (Wash.), 38-24 Oct. 13 vs. Lewis & Clark (Ore.)
25. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 4-1 90 23 Lost to No. 7 Bethel (Minn.), 15-14 Oct. 13 vs. Hamline (Minn.)

Dropped Out: Wittenberg (Ohio) (20).

Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana College, 88; Wittenberg (Ohio), 68; Salve Regina (R.I.), 58; Rowan (N.J.), 49; Franklin (Ind.), 32; Gettysburg (Pa.), 28; Otterbein (Ohio), 28; Concordia (Ill.), 23; Thomas More (Ky.), 23; Waynesburg (Pa.), 22; Huntingdon (Ala.), 21; John Carroll (Ohio), 15; Lycoming (Pa.), 13; Bridgewater (Va.), 9; Augsburg (Minn.), 6; Washington & Lee (Va.), 6; Ithaca (N.Y.), 3; Whittier (Calif.), 3; Pacific Lutheran (Wash.), 2; Randolph-Macon (Va.), 1; Trinity (Conn.), 1.

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