NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll - Preseason (August 1)

NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll - Preseason (August 1)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Reigning National Champions Morningside (Iowa) earn all 18 first-place votes to begin the 2022 campaign. The Mustangs have eyes on a fourth Red Banner in five years with the return of NAIA Player of the Year Joe Dolincheck. The Top 13 teams are the same from the postseason poll last winter and the lone movement in the Top Five is Northwestern (Iowa) leapfrogging Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.
  • Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes."
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
RANK LAST SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES] CONFERENCE RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [19] Great Plains 14-0 418
2 2 Grand View (Iowa) Heart - North 14-1 402
3 4 Northwestern (Iowa) Great Plains 12-2 377
4 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid South 12-1 373
5 5 Marian (Ind.) Mid-States East 9-3 356
6 6 Concordia (Mich.) Mid-States East 9-2 327
7 7 Keiser (Fla.) The Sun 9-3 312
8 8 Southwestern (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate 9-2 307
9 9 Reinhardt (Ga.) Appalachian 9-3 288
10 11 Ottawa (Ariz.) Sooner 8-2 254
11 12 Saint Xavier (Ill.) Mid-States West 7-4 239
12 10 Kansas Wesleyan KCAC 10-2 234
13 13 Baker (Kan.) Heart - South 9-2 225
14 17 Indiana Wesleyan Mid-States East 7-3 222
15 16 Georgetown (Ky.) Mid South 8-2 199
16 15 Dickinson State (N.D.) North Star 8-3 178
17 18 Montana Western Frontier 8-4 176
18 14 Central Methodist (Mo.) Heart - South 9-3 116
19 21 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Frontier 7-3 98
20 20 Arizona Christian Sooner 8-2 83
21 23 Dordt (Iowa) Great Plains 7-3 73
22 22 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) Heart - North 8-3 68
23 19 Bethel (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate 9-2 50
24 24 Faulkner (Ala.) Mid South 8-2 46
25 RV St. Francis (Ill.) Mid-States West 6-3 30

Receiving Votes: Carroll (Mont.) 29; Benedictine (Kan.) 23; Valley City State (N.D.) 21; Southeastern (Fla.) 20; College of Idaho 16; Texas Wesleyan 13; St. Thomas (Fla.) 6; Bethel (Tenn.) 3; Concordia (Neb.) 3

Championship Information

NAIA Football Championship

67th ANNUAL
FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3, 2022
Football Championship Series
Campus Sites

Dec. 17, 2022 | TBD 
Durham County Memorial Stadium | Durham, N.C.