Football - Mon, Sep. 19, 2005
Olathe, Kan. - Following a big 37-14 road victory over Malone College (Ohio) Saturday, the Saint Xavier University football team moved up four spots to No. 10, its highest ranking ever, in the latest poll released Monday by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national office. The Cougars (2-1 overall) were ranked at No. 11 in the NAIA postseason poll following the 2002 season when SXU finished 9-3 overall and qualified for the national playoffs for the first time in the program's 10-year history.
"This ranking is a nice honor for our program," said Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis. "We have talked with our players, since the beginning of two-a-day practices, about taking that next step to becoming a top-10 program and a perennial NAIA playoff team. Now we have to justify our ranking by beating a very good team this week (No. 11 Geneva College). If we win on Saturday, we should be in great shape heading into our conference schedule, because we are definitely battle-tested."
Saint Xavier also moved up the ranks in two other national polls that follow NAIA football. The Cougars soared up eight spots to No. 10 in Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette poll, while climbing two spots to No. 16 in the latest top 25 poll released by NAIAFOOTBALL.NET Sunday.
SXU (2-1 overall) will host No. 11 Geneva College (Pa.) for its annual homecoming game on Saturday, September 24. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. as the Cougars wrap up their second of two Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) crossover games.