BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team held in place at #2 in the country in both of the major Top 25 National Polls this week. The Cru has already clinched a postseason berth and is 9-0 overall this year with a 4-0 mark in American Southwest Conference play after posting an 84-13 road victory over Howard Payne University last Saturday.
The Cru held on to the #2 spot for the eighth straight American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll of the 2014 season. The Cru received one first-place vote and 994 total points and is ranked only behind defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks took 37 first-place votes and 1,045 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.
“I tend to gauge things by the reaction of our players following the game,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “I think our kids were very disappointed in the way they played two weeks ago against Hardin-Simmons. Our players seemed much happier with the way they performed against Howard Payne and I think our team made a radical change in the way they practiced and prepared last week. I expect to see us continue to take that approach as we move on this season.”
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 joined by Hardin-Simmons University (receiving votes) as ASC programs mentioned in this week’s D3football.com Top 25 Poll.
The Cru will close out the regular season at East Texas Baptist University (4-5, 1-3 ASC) this Saturday. That game will kick off at 1:00 PM in Marshall and UMHB can close out a fifth consecutive undefeated regular season and lock up a likely #1 seed in the NCAA Division III National Championships with a win over the Tigers. The 32-team field for the postseason will be announced Sunday, November 16th.