ATLANTA (Aug. 9, 2019) – Southern Athletic Association (SAA) members Centre, Berry, and Trinity all recevied voted in the D3football.com Top-25 poll. The poll, in its 17th season, is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly during the NCAA Division III football season.
Berry was the highest ranked team in the SAA at No. 16. Centre came in at No. 20 while Trinity received 13 votes.
|Rank||School (No. 1 votes)||W-L||Points|
|1||Mary Hardin-Baylor (24)||15-0||624|
|2||Mount Union (1)||14-1||599|
|5||North Central (Ill.)||10-2||482|
|21||Washington and Jefferson||9-2||132|
Others receiving votes: Trine 73; UW-La Crosse 71; Wartburg 61; Wesley 59; Washington U. 58; Montclair State 49; Alfred 48; Ithaca 42; UW-Oshkosh 40; Central 29; Case Western Reserve 25; Baldwin Wallace 20; Salisbury 15; Trinity (Texas) 13; Hope 10; Redlands 6; Marietta 3; MIT 2.
Centre is coming off a 10-2 season in which they claimed a share of the Southern Athletic Association championship and secured the program's third NCAA Division III Playoffs berth.
Centre demolished nationally-ranked Washington & Jefferson, 54-13, in the opening round of the national tournament to land in the "Sweet 16."
Berry enters 2019 after winning three straight league titles. Last fall, the Vikings won their opening NCAA Division III Playoff game for the second straight season before falling to preseason champion Mary-Hardin Baylor
Trinity finished 2018 with a 7-3 record. The Tigers' losses in SAA action came against Millsaps and Centre.