MINNEAPOLIS — The Berry College football team, winners of three straight Southern Athletic Association (SAA) championships, will open the 2019 season ranked No. 16 in the D3football.com Top 25.
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.
Head coach Tony Kunczewski claimed his third straight SAA Coach of the Year nod last season and will lead the program into its seventh season after finishing last year 10-2 overall with a 7-1 mark in SAA play. Berry claimed its second straight NCAA playoff victory last season, improving their winning streak in Valhalla Stadium to a dominant 17 games. The Vikings boast a 37-7 record since opening the gates to Valhalla.
The team rose as high as No. 9 in last year's rankings, marking the highest in program history. The Vikings will open the 2019 season on the road at Maryville on Sept. 7 at 2:00 p.m.
|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) 10; Hope 10; Redlands 6; Marietta 3; Trinity (Conn.) 3, MIT 2.