UMHB Finishes 3rd In AFCA Poll


Belton (December 23, 2013) The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team finished the 2013 season ranked third in the country in the final American Football Coaches Association’s Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll of the Year. The Cru totaled 970 points in the poll and dropped one spot from its final regular season ranking of #2.

National champion Wisconsin-Whitewater claimed all 42 first-place votes and 1,050 points as the consensus #1 pick. National runner-up Mount Union took second and edged out UMHB with 993 total points. North Central finished fourth and Linfield College was fifth to round out the top five. The #3 final ranking matches the second-highest final ranking in an AFCA Top 25 Poll for the Cru. UMHB was ranked 2nd in the nation in the final 2004 AFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and the Cru also finished third in the country in last year’s final AFCA Top 25 ranking.

UMHB was the only American Southwest Conference team ranked in the final AFCA Top 25 Poll of the 2013 season. The Cru posted victories over 7th-ranked Wesley College, 9th-ranked St. John Fisher and 25th-ranked Rowan University in the first three rounds of the NCAA Division III National Championships.

UMHB posted a 13-1 overall record and won the ASC with a 6-0 league mark. The Cru advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championships for the tenth straight season and moved into the National Semifinals before falling to Wisconsin-Whitewater 16-15. The 13 victories tie the school and ASC record for wins in a single season and the Cru also tied the school mark with 13 consecutive wins. UMHB and Mount Union are the only Division III programs in the country to win at least one playoff game in each of the past ten seasons.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll - December 23, 2013

1. Wis.-Whitewater (42) 15-0 1050
2. Mount Union (Ohio) 14-1 993
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) 13-1 970
4. North Central (Ill.) 13-1 925
5. Linfield (Ore.) 11-1 883
6. Bethel (Minn.) 12-1 817
7. Wesley (Del.) 10-3 786
8. Wis.-Platteville 10-2 676
9. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 10-3 627
10. Wittenberg (Ohio) 10-2 594
11. Hobart (N.Y.) 10-1 545
12. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 10-1 543
13. John Carroll (Ohio) 9-2 507
14. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 8-2 413
15. Wis.-Oshkosh 8-2 410
16. St. Thomas (Minn.) 8-2 375
17. Wartburg (Iowa) 9-3 362
18. Wabash (Ind.) 9-1 294
19. Illinois Wesleyan 9-2 245
20. Ithaca (N.Y.) 9-3 218
21. Heidelberg (Ohio) 8-2 202
22. Hampden-Sydney (Va.) 9-3 200
23. Franklin (Ind.) 8-4 166
24. Thomas More (Ky.) 9-1 157
25. Rowan (N.J.) 9-3 143

Dropped Out: Wheaton (Ill.) (20), Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) (21), Texas Lutheran (22), Millsaps (Miss.) (23), Wllamette (Ore.) (25).

Others Receiving Votes: Wheaton (Ill.), 126; Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 97; Millsaps (Miss.), 79; Texas Lutheran, 55; Willamette (Ore.), 38; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 37; Redlands (Calif.), 35; Washington (Mo.), 27; Pacific (Ore.), 22; Framingham St. (Mass.), 13; Lebanon Valley (Pa.), 7; St. Norbert (Wis.), 5; Maryville (Tenn.), 2; Chapman (Calif.), 1; Concordia (Wis.), 1; Gallaudet (D.C.), 1.


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