Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team held its ground in both major national polls this week as the Cru remained #2 in the nation in the American Football Coaches Association's final regular season Top 25. UMHB is ranked #3 in the country in the Top 25 for the ninth straight week.

The Cru grabbed four first place votes and 1,007 total points to hold steady at #2 in this week's AFCA Top 25 Poll but gained ground on the nation's top ranked team. Mount Union is ranked #1 with 38 first place votes and 1,046 total points. Linfield College is ranked third with 952 total points. UMHB is the only American Southwest Conference program mentioned in the AFCA poll this week.

The Cru held steady at #3 in the country in the Top 25 Poll. UMHB took two first place votes and 588 total points in that ranking. Mount Union claimed 18 first place votes and 616 total points for the #1 spot and Linfield College is second with five first-place votes and 592 total points. UMHB is also the only ASC program mentioned in the Top 25 this week.

"We are excited to be in the postseason and excited about the things that we've accomplished so far this season," Cru Head Coach Pete Fredenburg said. "But we also have very high expectations and we know we have to keep our focus and be ready every week if we are going to reach the goals we have set for this program."

UMHB finished the regular season at 10-0 overall and posted a 6-0 mark in American Southwest Conference play on the season following a 56-30 victory over Mississippi College last Saturday in Clinton. UMHB will return to action with a First Round home game in the NCAA Division III National Championships. The Cru will host the University of Redlands (7-2, 7-0 SCIAC) in a 12:00 PM kickoff at Crusader Stadium. The game is a rematch of the 2013 season opener for both teams.