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AFCA | November 4, 2013

UMHB gains ground on No. 1 Mount Union

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Hobart has remained focused throughout the season, overwhelming all of its opponents to remain undefeated and stay at the No. 6 spot in the latest AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll. Elsewhere in the poll, the favorites took care of business this weekend, ensuring that there would be no chaos in the rankings. Mount Union outlasted a second-half surge from No. 9 Heidelberg, to remain at No. 1, while Wisconsin-Whitewater took control of the WIAC with its convincing win against No. 7 Wisconsin-Platteville.

North Central (Ill.) also took care of business in its top 15 matchup against Illinois Wesleyan, defeating the Titans 46-17. Mary Hardin-Baylor gained a first place vote from the Purple Raiders with an impressive 80-0 win against Howard Payne.

The losses in the top half of the polls did allow teams to move up, though, but just by small jumps of one or two spots. No. 22 Millsaps and No. 23 Texas Lutheran, which made first appeances ever in the poll last weekend, shored up rankings with big wins against Berry and Louisiana College, respectively. Pacific (Ore.) slipped back in the poll at No. 25 after a brief absence.

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