Belton, TX – 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 both the American Football Coaches Association's Top 25 and the D3football.com Top 25. UMHB has now been ranked second in the nation in both polls for the fifth straight week.
The Cru grabbed one first place vote and 1,007 total points to hold steady at #2 in this week's AFCA Top 25 Poll. Mount Union is ranked #1 with 41 first place votes and 1,049 total points. UMHB is the only American Southwest Conference program ranked in the top 25 this week, but Louisiana College is receiving votes this week. Wesley College is ranked sixth again this week and Trinity University is also receiving votes. The Cru has beaten Wesley, Trinity and Louisiana College this season.
The Cru also remained second in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. UMHB took two first place votes and 598 total points in that ranking. Mount Union took the other 23 first place votes and 623 total points to claim the #1 spot. Wesley College is ranked also sixth by D3football.com, Louisiana College is receiving votes, but dropped out of the Top 25 after losing to UMHB last Saturday. Trinity is also receiving votes in the D3football.com poll.
"We had great effort Saturday, especially in the second half and I think our football team took another step," Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. "We knew it was going to be a process with this team this season and we continue to build each week."
UMHB is 6-0 overall on the season and 3-0 in ASC play after beating Louisiana College 30-3 last Saturday in Pineville, Louisiana. The Cru will now return home to host Hardin-Simmons in a match-up of the only two teams still unbeaten in conference play. That game is a 1:00 PM kickoff at Tiger Field in Belton.