BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team held steady at #2 in the country in both of the major Top 25 National Polls this week. The Cru is off to a 5-0 start this year after opening American Southwest Conference play with a 56-9 victory at Sul Ross State last Saturday.
The Cru held on to the #2 spot for the fourth straight American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll of the 2014 season. The Cru received four first-place votes and 1,000 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 in third, behind UMHB with two first-place votes and 982 total points. Wesley (DE) College is fourth and Linfield (OR) College rounds out the top five. Upcoming Cru opponent Texas Lutheran is ranked 17th by the AFCA with 329 total points. UMHB is the only ASC team mentioned in the AFCA Top 25 Poll this week.
“I think our guys responded to an early challenge and I think Sul Ross State was really riled up to play us,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “Coaches can talk and talk and talk about getting everyone’s best shot, but I think our players saw that happen last weekend. It should serve as a wake-up call for us and we look forward to our guys playing with full effort as we continue the process of improving as a football team.”
UMHB also remained at #2 in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. The Cru totaled 590 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 Linfield fifth. Texas Lutheran is among the program’s receiving votes in that poll.
The Cru will return to action with an ASC showdown against Louisiana College (2-3) this Saturday. UMHB will kickoff with the Wildcats at 1:00 PM at Crusader Stadium.