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|Fighting Scots Football Team Moves Into Top 10
|For the first time in history, the Monmouth College football team has cracked the regular season top 10 in two national polls.
Ranked 11th and 12th last week by D3football.com and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), respectively, the Fighting Scots jumped two notches in each poll thanks in part to last week's 35-13 win over Ripon. The win impressed the pollsters and handed the Red Hawks their first conference loss while giving the Scots sole possession of first place in the Midwest Conference and the inside track on the league's automatic NCAA playoff berth.
The Scots jumped to No. 9 in the D3football.com rankings, moving past Wabash, who lost to No. 21 Wittenburg 10-7, and Washington & Jefferson, a 21-7 winner over St. Vincent. Monmouth is just six points behind Mary Hardin-Baylor, who lost to No. 15 Mississippi College, for eighth.
In the AFCA poll, Monmouth leapfrogged Wabash and Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Scots are just a point back of Case Western Reserve for ninth.
D3football.com and the AFCA polls agree on the top five: Mt. Union, UW-Whitewater, Wheaton, Wesley and St. John's.
(Monmouth College Athletics)