Top 11 Stand Pat in NJCAA Football Rankings
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After extensive shuffling in the first four polls of the 2011 season, the Top 11 ranked teams in NJCAA Football held serve this week, mirroring the Top 11 from last week’s rankings. That trend will be short-lived with two games on tap this week featuring Top 10 opponents.
For the fourth consecutive week, Navarro College (Texas) and Blinn College (Texas) are ranked No.1 and No. 2, respectively. The Bulldogs of Navarro once again received 138 points and five first-place votes from the pollsters after edging Kilgore College (Texas) 22-17 Saturday. Coming off an open date, Blinn also maintained their 132 points and one first-place vote in the poll. The two teams clash this week in a Southwest Junior College Football Conference showdown.
Arizona Western College gained a point for a total of 126 in the poll and kept their single first-place vote following a 55-21 road win over No. 17 Scottsdale CC (Ariz.). The Matadors are No. 3 in the rankings for the third straight week.
No. 4 East Mississippi Community College, No. 5 Iowa Western College and No. 6 Snow College (Utah) all preserved their rankings from last week’s poll following victories at home. The Reivers of Iowa Western and the Snow Badgers both face tests this week as they play at ranked opponents. In a battle of Top 10 squads, Iowa Western will travel to No. 8 Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) Saturday.
Butler Community College (Kan.) is still No. 7 and the highest ranked team with a loss after going on the road to beat Dodge City CC (Kan.). Sustaining their rank in the polls as well was No. 9 Trinity Valley Community College (Texas) following a 35-28 victory at Tyler JC (Texas).
Headlining a big week in the Mississippi Assn. of Community and Junior Colleges, No. 10 Northwest Mississippi Community College will host Northeast Mississippi Community College who had the biggest leap in this week’s poll, advancing four places to No. 15. No. 13 Pearl River Community College (Miss.) will have an opportunity to advance in the rankings Thursday as they head to No. 12 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Central Lakes College-Brainerd (Minn.) sunk out of the Top 20 following their defeat at the hands of Rochester Community and Technical College (Minn.) who replaced the Raiders at No. 17. Lackawanna College (Pa.) also fell out of the rankings from No. 14 after losing to Louisburg College (N.C.) who made their Top 20 debut this week at No. 18. No. 16 New Mexico Military Institute joined Louisburg in making their first appearance in the Top 20 this season.
The sixth regular season NJCAA Football Poll will be announced on Oct. 4.
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NJCAA Football Poll – Sept. 27, 2011
School, Record, Poll Votes (1st Place Votes), Previous Ranking
1. Navarro College, Texas, 4-0, 138 (5), 1
2. Blinn College, Texas, 4-0, 132 (1), 2
3. Arizona Western College, 4-0, 126 (1), 3
4. East Mississippi CC, 4-0, 114, 4
5. Iowa Western CC, 5-0, 111, 5
6. Snow College, Utah, 4-0, 107, 6
7. Butler CC, Kan., 4-1, 101, 7
8. Grand Rapids CC, Mich., 5-0, 93, 8
9. Trinity Valley CC, Texas, 4-0, 82, 9
10. Northwest Mississippi CC, 3-1, 75, 9
11. Hutchinson CC, Kan., 3-1, 72, 11
12. Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, 3-1, 60, 13
13. Pearl River CC, Miss., 3-1, 56, 15
14. Coffeyville CC, Kan., 3-1, 47, 16
15. Northeast Mississippi CC, 4-0, 38, 19
16. New Mexico Military Institute, 4-0, 33, RV
17. Rochester CTC, Minn., 5-0, 28, 20
18. Louisburg College, N.C., 4-0, 18, RV
19. Glendale CC, Ariz., 4-1, 14, 12
20. Eastern Arizona College, 4-1, 11, RV
Others: Scottsdale CC, Ariz., 4-1, 8, 18; Hinds CC, Miss., 3-1, 6, RV
Dropped From Rankings: Lackawanna College, Pa. (14); Central Lakes College-Brainerd, Minn. (17)
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