Rocky Back in Top-25, Montana Western Drops to 24th Place in NAIA Poll | SWX now

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CITY OF KANSAS, Mo. – There was a bit of shuffling from the Frontier Conference teams in the latest edition of the NAIA FirstDown Playbook Top 25 poll. The three conference teams ranked a week ago all lost last Saturday and it is clear of the new poll with two teams in the Top 25 and two withdrawals.

Rocky Mountain College (4-1, 4-1) then upset the No. 20 West Montana 41-31. The win over the Ranked Bulldogs propelled Rocky to No. 1 in the conference standings and back in the top 25 at No. 23. The Battlin ‘Bears’ last appearance in the poll was during the inaugural edition of the regular season.

The road loss to Rocky brought Montana Western down (3-2, 4-2) to No. 24. The Bulldogs are one of four Frontier teams tied for second.

Eastern Oregon (3-2, 3-2) and College of Idaho (3-2, 3-2) both lost to unranked opponents and both dropped out of the Top 25 in the votes received category.

Survey methodology
The poll was voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences. Each conference is assigned an assessor for all four schools in the league.

The Top 25 is determined by a point system based on how each voter ranks the top teams. A team receives 25 points for each vote for first place, 24 for second place and so on through the list.

The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-scoring is considered a low score) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for each ballot (including including the reduced-cost ballots) on which the teams appear.
Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”.

RANK LATEST SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES] SAVE FINAL POINTS
1 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) [18] 4-0 444
2 2 Northwest (Iowa) 6-0 425
3 3 Morningside (Iowa) [1] 4-0 412
4 4 Big View (Iowa) 6-0 393
5 5 Concordia (Michigan) 3-0 376
6 7 Marian (Ind.) 4-1 344
6 6 Keiser (Florida) 3-1 344
8 8 Georgetown (Ky.) 4-0 327
9 9 Baker (Kan.) 5-1 315
ten ten Kansas Wesleyan 5-0 294
11 12 Ottawa (Arizona) 5-0 263
12 13 Reinhardt (Ga.) 3-2 243
13 14 Nazarene Olivet (Illinois) 3-1 217
14 11 Indiana Wesleyan 3-1 214
15 16 Southwest (Kan.) 5-0 203
16 15 Bethel (Kan.) 4-1 200
17 19 Valley City State (ND) 5-0 172
18 22 Saint Xavier (Illinois) 3-1 141
19 21 Dordt (Iowa) 3-1 135
20 NR Faulkner (Alabama) 4-0 103
21 NR Cumberlands (Ky.) 4-0 102
22 24 Avila (Mo.) 4-1 100
23 NR Rocky Mountain (Montreal) 4-1 91
24 20 Western Montana 4-2 27
25 NR Langston (Okla.) 5-0 26

Removed from survey: College of Idaho; Eastern Oregon; Roosevelt (Illinois)

Receive votes: Idaho College 20; Benedictine (Kan.) 18; Eastern Oregon 17; St. Thomas (Florida) 9; Roosevelt (Illinois) 3


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