COLUMBIA - University of the Cumberlands leads five Mid-South Conference teams in the first regular season NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, NAIA officials announced on Monday.
Georgetown College, Faulkner University, Lindsey Wilson College and University of Pikeville join the Patriots in the poll.
Cumberlands (3-0) jumped five spots from its preseason ranking to No. 3. The Patriots - who has won their three games by an average of 28.7 points per game - received 282 voting points from the national raters.
The Patriots won 41-17 on Saturday at then No. 21-ranked Belhaven University.
Georgetown (1-1) remained at No. 6 after garnering 241 voting points. The Tigers also went on the road last week and defeated a ranked opponent. Georgetown handed then-No. 9-ranked Bethel University a 33-14 loss.
The remainder of the Mid-South teams enters the national poll for the first time this season.
Faulkner - who is the only unbeaten team in the MSC West - joined the poll at No. 23 with 47 voting points. The Eagles (3-0) beat Union College 59-20 last week and lead the MSC in scoring averaging 52.3 points per game.
Lindsey Wilson checks in at No. 24 fresh off its 39-20 win at NCAA Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College. The Blue Raiders (3-0) received 34 voting points from the national raters.
Pikeville (3-0) is the final Mid-South team ranked as the Bears jumped into the poll at No. 25. UPike picked up 25 voting points after its 47-41 overtime win at Edward Waters College on Saturday.
Cumberlands, Faulkner, Lindsey Wilson and Pikeville all share the best record in the NAIA this season at 3-0. Seven teams enter this weekend’s play with a 3-0 record.
Morningside (Iowa) College remains atop the national poll with 314 voting points, including all 14 first-place votes. University of Saint Francis (Ind.) is No. 2 with 301 voting points followed by Cumberlands.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents.
The next NAIA poll is scheduled to be announced on Monday, Sept. 23.