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 seven straight weeks.
The Cru grabbed one first place vote and 1,006 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 remained #5 in the country in the AFCA Top 25 Poll this week. The Cru has beaten Wesley and Louisiana College already this season.
The Cru also remained second in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. UMHB took one first place vote and 597 total points in that ranking. Mount Union took the other 24 first place votes and 624 total points to claim the #1 spot. Wesley College is also ranked fifth by D3football.com and Louisiana College is receiving votes in that poll.
"We still have our goals in front of us and I was pleased with what I saw from a lot of our players last weekend," Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. "We really came out focused and need to keep that going into the final two weeks of the season and then, hopefully, on into the playoffs."
UMHB is 8-0 overall on the season and 5-0 in ASC play after beating Howard Payne 68-6 last Saturday in Brownwood. The Cru is the only unbeaten team remaining in league play and controls its own destiny in the race for the conference crown and the ASC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships. UMHB will return to action with a 1:00 PM kickoff at East Texas Baptist University (3-5, 2-3 ASC) this Saturday in Marshall.