NAIA Football Top 25 Preseason Poll by Jason Dannelly

Photo of the Mustangs winning. This photo is completely stolen from Morninside’s web site.

Is Dannelly back? Will there be “Chip’s Picks” this year? Are you doing a podcast?

I doubt it. Like every year, I want to write and cover the NAIA again. I want to attend the games. I want to promote the greatest level of college football in the world!

And then, life gets busy. So I watch the season. . .talk to some coaches and administrators. . .and then never have time to write or post anything. Here I go again! Fool me once. . .something something. . .10 years later and I’m still giving it a go. Here’s a look at my preseason NAIA football poll. Seriously, the top three teams are from Iowa. No, not the top three Pioneer Corn Hybrids. Not the top three pork producing farms. . .the top THREE football team in the NAIA reside in Iowa. As a Nebraska native, it pains me to see this. Like, take a leak on an electric fence sort of pain.

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[Football] Morningside Picked as Favorite in GPAC Football Poll

Football – Thu, Aug. 11, 2022

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) has announced the preseason football coaches’ poll for the 2022 season. Morningside is the preseason pick to win the GPAC championship. This is the second year that all GPAC schools will compete in football with the addition of Mount Marty last season.

Morningside was the 2021 NAIA Football National Champion, finishing with a record of 14-0, after defeating Grand View in the title game by a score of 38-28. Northwestern advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series before falling to the Mustangs.

The Mustangs of Morningside totaled 100 points and ten first place votes. Northwestern was picked second with 91 points and one first place vote. Dordt was picked third with 77 points and Concordia was fourth with 72. Midland rounded out the top five with 69 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

2022 GPAC Preseason Football Coaches’ Poll:

Place Team Pts (1st Place Votes)1. Morningside 100 (10)

2. Northwestern 91 (1)

3. Dordt 77

4. Concordia 72

5. Midland 69

6. Doane 52

7. Dakota Wesleyan 42

8. Hastings 33

9. Jamestown 32

10. Briar Cliff 26

11. Mount Marty 11

Games for the 2022 season kick off on Thursday, August 25, and Saturday, August 27, with a handful of teams playing non-conference games. Conference action starts on Saturday, September 3.

[Football] Four Mid-South Teams Mentioned in NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Preseason Poll

NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Preseason Poll

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Four Mid-South Conference teams are mentioned in the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Preseason Poll, the NAIA announced on Monday.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is the highest-rated conference team in the poll at No. 4. The Blue Raiders earned 373 points in the poll. Last season, Lindsey Wilson won the MSC Bluegrass Division and went 12-1 while reaching the NAIA FCS Semifinals.

[Football] Bethany Names Grigsby Interim Football Head Coach

Football Mon, Aug. 8, 2022 at 8:20 AM

LINDSBORG, Kan. — Vincent Grigsby has been named Interim Head Football Coach at Bethany College following Coach Tyrone Carter’s resignation, the Bethany athletic department announced Friday.

Coach Grigsby served as an Offensive Line Coach, Run Game Coordinator, and Game Management Assistant during 2021-2022. Prior to his time at Bethany, Coach Grigsby had collegiate coaching experience at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., where he was the Offensive Line Coach. In addition, he was the Offensive Line Coach at Santa Monica College. Outside of collegiate football, Coach Grigsby has significant high school coaching experience as both Offensive Line Coach and Offensive Coordinator.

“I’m extremely grateful to be in position to lead this group of outstanding players and coaches into the next generation of Swedes Football! I’m excited to guide Bethany Football toward performing on the field, in the classroom, and in the community,” said Coach Grigsby.

Leon Williams will continue as Defensive Coordinator, Michael Klyce continues as Offensive Coordinator, Trevin Chandler was recently welcomed as Defensive Backs Coach/Equipment Manager, and Leonard Williams will return as Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator.

“We are excited to promote Coach Grigsby as the Interim Head Football Coach,” said Dean of Athletics Laura Moreno. “Coach Grigsby has proven himself as a leader on campus who is invested not just in students, football, and the Department of Athletics, but in the Bethany College campus and community as a whole. Coach Grigsby and the coaching staff have our full support during this transition, and we look forward to this coming year!”

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[Football] Three KCAC Teams Ranked in Top 25 of the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Preseason …

Football Thu, Aug. 4, 2022 at 11:15 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three KCAC football teams were ranked in the Top 25 of the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Monday. Southwestern was the highest-ranked KCAC team, coming in at No. 8. Kansas Wesleyan was not far behind at No. 12. Bethel was the final KCAC team recognized in the poll, coming in at No. 23.

The next edition of the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Coaches’ Poll will be released Monday, September 5.

Poll Methodology

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here. RANKLASTSCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]CONFERENCERECORDFINAL POINTS11Morningside (Iowa) [19]Great Plains14-041822Grand View (Iowa)Heart – North14-140234Northwestern (Iowa)Great Plains12-237743Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)Mid South12-137355Marian (Ind.)Mid-States East9-335666Concordia (Mich.)Mid-States East9-232777Keiser (Fla.)The Sun9-331288Southwestern (Kan.)KCAC9-230799Reinhardt (Ga.)Appalachian9-32881011Ottawa (Ariz.)Sooner8-22541112Saint Xavier (Ill.)Mid-States West7-42391210Kansas WesleyanKCAC10-22341313Baker (Kan.)Heart – South9-22251417Indiana WesleyanMid-States East7-32221516Georgetown (Ky.)Mid South8-21991615Dickinson State (N.D.)North Star8-31781718Montana WesternFrontier8-41761814Central Methodist (Mo.)Heart – South9-31161921Rocky Mountain (Mont.)Frontier7-3982020Arizona ChristianSooner8-2832123Dordt (Iowa)Great Plains7-3732222Culver-Stockton (Mo.)Heart – North8-3682319Bethel (Kan.)KCAC9-2502424Faulkner (Ala.)Mid South8-24625RVSt. Francis (Ill.)Mid-States West6-330

Receiving Votes: Carroll (Mont.) 29; Benedictine (Kan.) 23; Valley City State (N.D.) 21; Southeastern (Fla.) 20; College of Idaho 16; Texas Wesleyan 13; St. Thomas (Fla.) 6; Bethel (Tenn.) 3; Concordia (Neb.) 3.

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[MSFA] SXU tops Midwest League Preseason Poll

MSFA Wed, Aug. 3, 2022 at 1:50 PM

One of last year’s co-Midwest League champions have been picked to repeat in 2022, as Saint Xavier unanimously earned the top spot in the MSFA Midwest League Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Cougars claimed their 8th Midwest League title and 11th MSFA championship overall last season, and return five All-MSFA starters from a year ago. All-MSFA Second Team selection Stuart Ross will lead the offense at quarterback, while defensive lineman Jaleel Holloway anchors the defense following an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention campaign in 2021.

Olivet Nazarene – the 2020 Midwest League champs – come in second place in the preseason poll, and St. Francis, who took a share of the title last year with SXU, place third.

Roosevelt and St. Ambrose round out the top five in the poll, with Missouri Baptist, Judson, and Trinity International finishing out the rest of the rankings.

To determine the preseason rankings, head coaches across the league rank their fellow Midwest League members from top to bottom, with 1st place earning 7 points, 2nd place earning 6 points, etc. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own teams.

The Midwest League opens play on Saturday, August 28, when Trinity International welcomes Hastings (Neb.), and Missouri Baptist travels to face Lyon (Ark.).

2022 MSFA Midwest League Preseason Poll1.) Saint Xavier – 49 pts. (7 first-place votes)2.) Olivet Nazarene – 42 pts.3.) St. Francis – 38 pts. (1)4.) Roosevelt – 29 pts.5.) St. Ambrose – 27 pts.6.) Missouri Baptist – 17 pts.7.) Judson – 14 pts.8.) Trinity International – 8 pts.

[MSFA] CUAA finish atop Mideast League Preseason Poll

MSFA Wed, Aug. 3, 2022 at 1:50 PM

The back-to-back champions Concordia Cardinals came out on top of a crowded Mideast League Preseason Coaches Poll, as three different teams earned first-place votes heading into the 2022 season.

The Cardinals, anchored by returning quarterback Gavin Brooks, finished 6-1 in the Mideast League last year and reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series. Concordia earned four out of the seven available first-place votes to take the top spot in the poll.

Last season’s other co-champs, Marian, placed second in the poll with three first-place votes, while Indiana Wesleyan took third with a first-place vote going to the Wildcats.

Saint Francis and Siena Heights placed fourth and fifth, separated by a single point in the poll, with Lawrence Tech, Taylor, and Madonna filling out the remainder of the poll.

To determine the preseason rankings, head coaches across the league rank their fellow Mideast League members from top to bottom, with 1st place earning 7 points, 2nd place earning 6 points, etc. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own teams.

The Mideast League kicks off the 2022 season when Madonna travels to Alma (Mich.) on Saturday, August 20.

2022 Mideast League Preseason Poll1.) Concordia – 44 pts. (4 first-place votes)2.) Marian – 43 pts. (3)3.) Indiana Wesleyan – 39 pts. (1)4.) Saint Francis – 29 pts.5.) Siena Heights – 28 pts.6.) Lawrence Tech – 19 pts.7.) Taylor – 15 pts.8.) Madonna – 7 pts.

NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll – Preseason (August 1)

The reigning National Champions from Morningside (Iowa) earn all 18 first-place votes to begin the 2022 campaign.

[Football] Southwestern, Kansas Wesleyan Lead Preseason Polls at 2022 KCAC Football Media Day

Football Fri, Jul. 29, 2022 at 3:40 PM

WICHITA, Kan. — Southwestern College took the top spot in the 2022 KCAC Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll, while Kansas Wesleyan University was ranked No. 1 in the 2022 KCAC Football Preseason Media Poll, the conference office announced Thursday. This year’s Football Media Day was conducted virtually and was broadcast on the KCAC’s Facebook page. All KCAC Media Days are presented by IMA Financial Group and Dissinger Reed.

The Moundbuilders, last season’s conference co-champion alongside Kansas Wesleyan and Bethel, took the top spot in the coaches’ poll with 87 total points and six first-place votes. The Coyotes were not far behind, with 83 total points and four first-place votes. Avila University was ranked third by the coaches, with 72 total points. Rounding out the top four in this poll were the Threshers, with 68 total points.

The same four teams were ranked in the Top 4 of the Preseason Media Poll, albeit in a different order. The Coyotes took the top spot in this poll, edging out Southwestern by only one point, accumulating 206 total points and earning eight first-place votes. The Moundbuilders earned 205 total points from members of the media, which included ten first-place votes. Bethel and Avila finished third and fourth, respectively, in the media poll, with the Threshers tallying 175 total points and one first-place vote, while the Eagles earned 171 total points and the final first-place vote from the media.


RANKINGINSTITUTIONPOINTS (FIRST PLACE VOTES)1Southwestern College87 (6)2Kansas Wesleyan University83 (4)3Avila University724Bethel College685McPherson College546Ottawa University427Friends University41T8Sterling College35T8University of Saint Mary3510Tabor College2211Bethany College11


RANKINGINSTITUTIONPOINTS (FIRST PLACE VOTES)1Kansas Wesleyan University206 (8)2Southwestern College205 (10)3Bethel College175 (1)4Avila University171 (1)5McPherson College1206Ottawa University1057Friends University858Sterling College799University of Saint Mary7310Tabor College7011Bethany College31

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