National Champ Mount Union Ends 2017 Season No. 1 in AFCA Coaches Poll

National Champ Mount Union Ends 2017 Season No. 1 in AFCA Coaches Poll

WACO, Texas.– Mount Union used a stingy defense to shutout Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 12-0, in the NCAA Division III national championship game to claim their 13th title and finish the 2017 season ranked No. 1 in the final AFCA Division III Coaches' Top 25 Poll. This was the first Stagg Bowl shutout since 1982 and the first time the Crusaders have been blanked since their first season of football in 1998. Mary Hardin-Baylor ends the season ranked No. 2, followed by Wisconsin-Oshkosh, St. Thomas (Minn.) and Brockport (N.Y.), who round out the Top 5.

Husson (Maine) made it to the second round of the playoffs, catapulting them into the Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Eagles finished with a 10-2 mark. No. 21 Frostburg State (Md.) made the biggest jump in the final poll, moving up eight spots to No. 9 thanks to their quarterfinal run in the playoffs. The Bobcats, who finished the season with an 11-2 record, beat Wittenberg (Ohio), 35-7, in the first round, causing the Tigers to make the biggest fall in the poll, eight places from No. 9 to No. 17. 

2017 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches' Poll – December 18, 2017

Rank

School

Rec.

Pts.

1.

Mount Union (51)

15-0

1275

2.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.)

14-1

1219

3.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

12-1

1174

4.

St. Thomas (Minn.)

11-2

1088

5.

Brockport (N.Y.)

13-1

1077

6.

Delaware Valley (Pa.)

12-1

969

7.

Linfield (Ore.)

9-2

917

8.

Wartburg (Iowa)

12-1

870

9.

Frostburg St. (Md.)

11-2

782

10.

North Central (Ill.)

10-2

774

11.

Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)

9-2

714

12.

Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)

11-1

684

13.

Wesley (Del.)

10-2

670

14.

St. John's (Minn.)

9-2

607

15.

Case Western Reserve 

11-1

588

16.

Berry (Ga.)

11-1

527

17.

Wittenberg

10-1

446

18.

Illinois Wesleyan

9-2

418

19.

Trine (Ind.)

11-1

327

20.

Johns Hopkins (Md.)

9-2

313

21.

Husson (Maine)

10-2

186

22.

Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.)

8-2

179

23.

Springfield (Mass.)

10-1

161

24.

Wheaton (Ill.)

8-2

143

25.

Wisconsin-La Crosse

8-2

102

Dropped Out: Huntingdon (Ala.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Huntingdon (Ala.), 96; Wisconsin-Whitewater, 77; Franklin (Ind.), 44; Washington & Lee (Va.), 31; Rensselaer (N.Y.), 19; Framingham St. (Mass.), 17; Wisconsin-Platteville, 16; Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 15; Monmouth (Ill.), 10; Plymouth St. (N.H.), 9; Wabash (Ind.), 9; Trinity (Conn.), 7; George Fox (Ore.), 6; Centre (Ky.), 3; Eureka (Ill.), 2; John Carroll (Ohio), 2; Alfred (N.Y.), 1; Chapman (Calif.), 1.

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