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 6-0 start this year after posting a 45-24 home victory over Louisiana College last Saturday.
The Cru held on to the #2 spot for the fifth straight American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll of the 2014 season. The Cru received one first-place vote and 986 total points and is ranked only behind defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks took 38 first-place votes and 1,046 total points to hold down the top spot. Mount Union is in third, right behind UMHB with three first-place votes and 985 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 364 total points. UMHB is the only ASC team mentioned in the AFCA Top 25 Poll this week.
“We are happy to get the win last Saturday, but we know that we are still a work in progress and have room to improve” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “We have a big game coming up against a talented and well-coached opponent and we know that we will have our hands full. But we also expect our players to be ready go each and every week.”
UMHB also remained at #2 in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. The Cru totaled 588 points in that poll and trail only Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks claimed 24 first-place votes and 624 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 and has the 26th highest point total this week.
The Cru will return to action with battle of unbeatens as UMHB faces Texas Lutheran University (6-0) this Saturday. That showdown between nationally ranked programs kicks off at 1:00 PM at Bulldog Stadium in Seguin.