The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team climbed one spot in both polls and will enter the postseason ranked in the top two in the country in both of the NCAA Division III Top 25 Polls. The Cru closed out the regular season with a 63-7 victory over Louisiana College to finish 10-0 overall and 6-0 in American Southwest Conference play.
The Cru jumped up to #2 in the nation in this week’s American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. The Cru grabbed 12 first-place votes and 1,016 total points in balloting of 42 head coaches from across the country. Wisconsin-Whitewater took over the top spot with 24 first-place votes and 1,021 total points. UMHB is joined in the poll by one other ASC program. Hardin-Simmons is ranked 11th again this week. Linfield College is ranked 7th by the AFCA. The Cru has wins over both of those teams this season and would face one of them in the Second Round of the playoffs if the Cru can win its postseason opener.
“We are in a good place as a football team right now, and we understand the opportunity that is in front of us,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “We realize that there are high expectations outside of this program, but none of those are higher than the expectations we have for ourselves.”
UMHB took over as the #1 team in the nation in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll this week. The Cru totaled 618 points and claimed 18 of the 25 first-place votes in that poll. Wisconsin-Whitewater is second with five first-place votes and 597 total points. Linfield is 8th and Hardin-Simmons is ranked 11th in the country in this week’s D3football.com Poll.
UMHB will return to action with an NCAA Division III National Championships First Round home game this Saturday. The Cru will take on University of Redlands in a 12:00 PM kickoff at Crusader Stadium.