Football Opens at No. 16 in D3football.com Preseason Top 25

Football Opens at No. 16 in D3football.com Preseason Top 25

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. 

FULL RANKINGS:

Rank School (No. 1 votes) W-L Points  

 

1 Mary Hardin-Baylor (24) 15-0 624
2 Mount Union (1) 14-1 599
3 St. John's 12-1 566
4 UW-Whitewater 12-1 555
5 North Central (Ill.) 10-2 482
6 Johns Hopkins 12-2 457
7 St. Thomas 8-2 414
8 Muhlenberg 11-2 405
9 Hardin-Simmons 9-2 397
10 Bethel 11-2 396  
11 Whitworth 10-1 336  
12 Linfield 7-2 291  
13 Brockport 11-1 230  
14 Delaware Valley 9-2 223  
15 Illinois Wesleyan 8-2 197  
16 Berry 10-2 190  
17 John Carroll 9-2 168  
18 Wittenberg 9-1 162  
19 RPI 10-2 152  
20 Centre 10-2 137  
21 Washington and Jefferson 9-2 132  
22 Wheaton (Ill.) 8-2 109  
23 Wabash 9-1 105  
24 Randolph-Macon 9-3 91  
25 St. Norbert 10-2 83

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.