Willamette Moves Up Five Spots to #13 in D3football.com Top 25

Bearcats Will Play #14 Hardin-Simmons in Abilene, Texas, on Sept. 11

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University football team has moved up five positions in this week's D3football.com Top 25 and now holds #13 in the poll. Willamette, ranked #18 in the Preseason Poll, defeated the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, previously #16, by a final score of 33-14 on Sept. 4. UW-Stevens Point fell out of the Top 25 in the new rankings.

The Bearcats will play their second consecutive Top 25 opponent this coming Saturday (Sept. 11) when they take on Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, at 4 p.m. (Pacific)/6 p.m. (Central). Hardin-Simmons advanced one spot in the D3football.com Top 25, from #15 in the Preseason Poll to #14 after defeating Whitworth University, 27-7, in Spokane, Wash., on Sept. 4.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the defending national champion, remained #1 in the Top 25. The Warhawks, 1-0, received 22 of 25 first place votes and 622 total points. Mount Union College (Ohio), 0-0, stayed #2 while receiving three first place votes and 602 points.

The highest ranked 12 teams remained the same in this week's poll. Following UW-Whitewater and Mount Union was Wesley College (Del.), 1-0, ranked #3 with 551 points and Linfield College, 0-0, ranked #4 with 528 points. University of St. Thomas (MInn.), 1-0, held the #5 spot with 519 points.

Rounding out the Top 10 were University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), 0-0, at #6 with 484 points, Central College (Iowa), 1-0, at #7 with 456 points, Wittenberg University (Ohio), 1-0, at #8 with 441 points, St. John's University (Minn.), 1-0, with 338 points at #9 and Delaware Valley College (Pa.), 1-0, with 362 points at #10.

Ohio Northern University, 1-0, was ranked #11 with 339 points in the poll. Coe College (Iowa), 1-0, was #12 with 311 points.

Willamette and Linfield were the two Northwest Conference teams ranked in the new Top 25. California Lutheran University from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) moved into the poll at #25 despite not yet playing a game. California Lutheran will host Linfield this weekend on Sept. 11.

D3Football.com Top 25 Poll
Released on Sept. 5, 2010
Chad Pollard was one of five Bearcats who scored a TD as Willamette defeated UW-Stevens Point, 33-14, on Saturday.

Chad Pollard was one of five Bearcats who scored a TD as Willamette defeated UW-Stevens Point, 33-14, on Saturday.