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 7-0 start this year after posting a 72-16 road victory over a nationally-ranked Texas Lutheran squad last Saturday.
The Cru held on to the #2 spot for the sixth straight American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll of the 2014 season. The Cru received four first-place votes and 998 total points and is ranked only behind defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks took 34 first-place votes and 1,040 total points to hold down the top spot. Mount Union is in third, just behind UMHB with four first-place votes and 985 total points. Wesley (DE) College is fourth and Linfield (OR) College rounds out the top five. Texas Lutheran dropped out of the AFCA Top 25 following the loss to the Cru but still received votes totaling 55 points. UMHB is the only ASC team mentioned in the AFCA Top 25 Poll again this week.
“I am pleased with the way our players responded last Saturday and it is always good to get a win,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “We have another big game coming up against a talented and well-coached opponent this weekend and we expect to get everyone’s best shot. We challenge our players to improve every week and that is our focus this week, too.”
UMHB also remained at #2 in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. The Cru took one first-place vote and totaled 591 points in that poll and trail only Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks claimed 23 first-place votes and 623 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 31st highest point total this week.
The Cru will return to action with battle of conference unbeatens as UMHB faces Hardin-Simmons University this Saturday. The Cowboys are 5-1 overall and 2-0 in ASC play and have won five straight games. Saturday’s contest kicks off at 1:00 PM at Crusader Stadium.