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Montana Tech running back Jed Fike tries to break free from Eastern Oregon's Haziel Ledezma during second-half action of Saturday's game at Alumni Coliseum.

Al Balderas, 406mtsports.com

HELENA — Montana Tech and Southern Oregon continued to reign as two of the top 10 teams in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll released on Monday.

No. 5 Tech remained in its position from a week ago. The Orediggers had a bye week this past weekend, cementing their 4-0 record for a week. The Orediggers are back in action this week against Montana-Western (2-3).

No. 8 Southern Oregon climbed one poll spot, moving up from the ninth slot a week ago. The Raiders survived a late comeback bid from Rocky Mountain College, as a failed-two point conversion allowed the Raiders to escape with a 24-23 win over the Battlin’ Bears in Ashland. The win improved the Raiders to 5-0, and the top spot in the Frontier for the time being. Southern is on a bye this week.

Thanks in part to that narrow loss against Southern Oregon, Rocky Mountain (3-3) received votes this week, but did not crack the poll. Rocky also has a bye this week. Rocky has lost to the Frontier’s top two teams, Tech and Southern Oregon, by a combined seven points.

Here is the full Top 25.

2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (October 2, 2017)

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RANK

LAST TIME^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2017 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Saint Francis (Ind.) (15)

5-0

340

2

2

Baker (Kan.)

6-0

327

3

3

Reinhardt (Ga.)

4-0

311

4

4

Morningside (Iowa)

5-0

302

5

5

Montana Tech

4-0

289

6

6

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

5-0

274

7

7

Grand View (Iowa)

5-1

260

8

9

Southern Oregon

5-0

252

9

11

Langston (Okla.)

4-0

229

10

12

Georgetown (Ky.)

4-0

214

11

13

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

4-1

213

12

14

Doane (Neb.)

4-1

186

13

8

Marian (Ind.)

2-2

179

14

18

Benedictine (Kan.)

5-1

166

15

16

Southeastern (Fla.)

3-1

156

16

17

Tabor (Kan.)

3-1

149

17

19

Sterling (Kan.)

4-1

124

18

10

Arizona Christian

4-1

115

19

15

Northwestern (Iowa)

4-1

110

20

21

Concordia (Mich.)

5-0

106

21

20

Dickinson State (N.D.)

4-1

105

22

25

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)

4-2

58

23

NR

SAGU (Texas)

4-1

32

24

RV

Hastings (Neb.)

4-1

23

25

RV

Kansas Wesleyan

3-2

15

 

 

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