BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team is ranked #2 in the country in both of the major Top 25 National Polls this week. The Cru is off to a 3-0 start this year after topping Wisconsin-La Crosse 41-22 on the road last Saturday.
The Cru held the #2 spot in the inaugural American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll of the 2014 season. The Cru received two first-place votes and 988 total points and is ranked only behind defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks took 36 first-place votes and 1,041 total points to hold down the top spot. Mount Union is right behind UMHB with four first-place votes and 986 total points. Wesley (DE) College is fourth and North Central (Ill.) rounds out the top five. Upcoming Cru opponent Texas Lutheran is ranked 21st by the AFCA with 206 total points. Louisiana College is the only American Southwest Conference program besides UMHB to receive mention with one point.
“I don’t think we played at a high performance level last Saturday,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “This team has high expectations and a lot of talent, but until we perform the way we know that we are capable, there is some frustration there.”
UMHB also remained at #2 in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. The Cru totaled 592 points in that poll and trail only Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks claimed all 25 first-place votes and 625 total points. D3football.com also has Mount Union third, Wesley fourth and North Central fifth. Texas Lutheran is receiving votes in that poll.
UMHB will return to action with a 6:00 PM home game against Kean University this Saturday. The Cougars are 0-2 on the season and the Cru leads the all-time series between the two teams 2-0.