The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team is again ranked #1 in the South Region in the second NCAA Division III Regional Rankings of the 2016 season. Johns Hopkins University is ranked second, followed the Cru’s American Southwest Conference rival, Hardin-Simmons University, at #3. Case Western Reserve is fourth, Thomas More is fifth and Muhlenberg is ranked sixth. Berry College is seventh, Randolph-Macon is eighth, Huntingdon College is ninth and Centre College rounds out the rankings at #10. East Texas Baptist had been ranked in last week’s ranking, but dropped out after losing to Hardin-Simmons last Saturday. The NCAA Regional Rankings are used to determine selections and seedings for the NCAA Division III National Championships. Wins over regionally ranked opponents is another part of the criteria used in selecting and seeding those teams. There will only be one more regional ranking released to the public. The 32-team field for the NCAA Division III National Championships will be announced on Sunday, November 13th.
The Cru is currently 9-0 overall and 5-0 in American Southwest Conference play. UMHB is competing for an at-large spot in the postseason since the ASC no longer holds an automatic bid to the playoffs. The Cru will close out the regular season with a 1:00 PM home game against Louisiana College (4-5, 1-4 ASC) this Saturday at Crusader Stadium.