Football - Mon, Sep. 14, 2009
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union College stayed in the NAIA Top 10 for another week as the Bulldogs are tied for 10th along with Lambuth (Tenn.) University in the first regular-season NAIA Football Top 25 Coaches' Poll, the NAIA announced Monday.

Both Union (1-1 overall, 1-0 Mid-South Conference East) and Lambuth (2-0 overall) received 281 total points, putting them four shy of No. 9 Saint Ambrose (Iowa) University.

For the fourth straight time and 33rd overall occurrence this decade, the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) is No. 1. With a 2-0 overall record, Sioux Falls earned 444 total points and 18 of the possible 19 first-place votes. The Cougars have outscored their opponents 120-6 this year and the offense has averaged 474 yards in two games. Sioux Falls puts its nation-best 16-game winning streak on the line against No. 19 Hastings (Neb.) this Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The 33 overall No. 1 rankings since 2000 for Sioux Falls is the second highest amount. USF continues its recent trend of success in the polls with being ranked now either No. 1 or No. 2 for the last 33 consecutive polls. Overall, Sioux Falls has been ranked in the Top 25 in the last 106 straight polls.

Carroll (Mont.) receives 427 total points and one first-place nod to earn the No. 2 spot. The Fighting Saints are 3-0 on the year and are 115-13 since 2000. This ranking extends their active streak to 107 straight weeks, which is the second longest active stretch.

The next four teams hold their spots from the Preseason Top 25 poll, No. 3 Lindenwood (Mo.), No. 4 St. Francis (Ind.), No. 5 Morningside (Iowa) and No. 6 Cumberlands (Ky.). All these teams are undefeated on the year and St. Francis kicked off its season this past Saturday with a home win, its 53rd straight home victory.

One of the newcomers to the poll this week, No. 21 McPherson (Kan.), is mentioned for the first time since Aug. 17, 2004 -- a span of 63 polls. Also, No. 19 Hastings (Neb.) is ranked for the first time since Oct. 1, 2007 while No. 17 Benedictine (Kan.) is ranked for the first time since Aug. 13, 2007.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The next Top 25 Poll will be announced on Monday, Sept. 21.

Union will play host to Faulkner (Ala.) University Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

To view the complete poll, click here.