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 an 8-0 start this year and is 3-0 in American Southwest Conference play after posting a 41-28 home victory over Hardin-Simmons University last Saturday.
The Cru held on to the #2 spot for the seventh straight American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll of the 2014 season. The Cru received two first-place votes and 994 total points and is ranked only behind defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks took 36 first-place votes and 1,044 total points to hold down the top spot. Mount Union is in third, just behind UMHB with four first-place votes and 984 total points. Wesley (DE) College is fourth and Wartburg (IA) College rounds out the top five. The Cru is the only ASC team mentioned in the AFCA Top 25 Poll again this week.
“We faced a little adversity last Saturday (after trailing 14-10 at halftime) and I think we learned from that and will be better for it,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “I was a little surprised that our preparation wasn’t better because of what that game means to our program. But I also think we learned about coming out fighting and responded to that challenge.”
UMHB also remained at #2 in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. The Cru took one first-place vote and totaled 587 points in that poll and trail only Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks claimed 22 first-place votes and 622 total points. D3football.com also has Mount Union third, Wesley fourth and Wartburg fifth. UMHB is also the only ASC program mentioned in this week’s D3football.com Top 25 Poll.
The Cru will return to action with a road game at Howard Payne University (4-4, 1-2 ASC) this Saturday. That game will kick off at 1:00 PM in Brownwood and UMHB can clinch the ASC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships with a win over the Yellow Jackets.