KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union College capped an amazing 2008 football campaign by ending the season as the 10th-ranked team, according to the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll announced Monday.
The Bulldogs posted a 9-3 overall record and a 5-1 Mid-South Conference East mark in 2008, setting a program record for most wins in a season. Union also tied the program mark for longest winning streak with seven wins in a row as it won the final two contests of the 2007 season and the first five games of 2008. The Bulldogs also made their first-ever appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series.
Union garnered 261 total points, 11 fewer than No. 9 Friends (Kan.) University and seven more than No. 11 Shorter (Ga.) College.
The University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) ends the 2008 season as the No. 1-ranked team, according to the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll. The Cougars went undefeated at 14-0 and won its third ever National Championship after a 23-7 victory over Carroll (Mont.) College on Dec. 20. USF earned 418 total points and all 18 of the possible first-place votes. Sioux Falls also ended the 2006 season with the No. 1 billing after defeating St. Francis in the National Championship.
Sioux Falls held down the No. 2 spot for the entire 2008 season (12 polls) prior to the final postseason rating. The Cougars have either been No. 1 or No. 2 for the last 32 consecutive polls.
Carroll sits No. 2 with 402 total points in the ranking and went 13-1 this season. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises this season was No. 3 Lindenwood (Mo.). The Lions, which finished 11-2 this year, advanced to the Football Championship Series Semifinals and nearly defeated Carroll in Helena, Mont., losing by a 38-37 count. St. Francis (Ind.) checks in at No. 4 while Morningside (Iowa) is at No. 5.
The only team that jumped into the Top 25 after finishing the regular season with no votes is No. 25 Jamestown (N.D.). The Jimmies tied for second in the Dakota Athletic Conference with a 5-2 league mark. JC won five of its last six overall games to finish 7-3 on the year.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The 2009 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Spring Poll is scheduled to be released on Monday, Apr. 20.
To view the complete NAIA Top 25 Poll, click here.