The Cougars sit at No. 3, their highest national rank since 2007
The Cougars sit at No. 3, their highest national rank since 2007
Football - Mon, Sep. 27, 2010

Kansas City, Mo. -When the Saint Xavier University football team lines up against Taylor University (Ind.) this Saturday for its Homecoming game, the squad will own something it has not carried since the 2007 season…a No. 3 national ranking! Despite all the Cougars accomplishments on the field in 2009 with a perfect 11-0 regular season mark and a trip to the semifinals of the NAIA Championship Series, SXU never climbed higher than the No. 4 spot in any of the national rankings. However, a loss by No. 2 Lindenwood University (Mo.) this past weekend has pushed Saint Xavier up into the No. 3 slot, the program's highest national rank since October 1, 2007, when the Cougars opened the season at 5-0 and soared to No. 2.

SXU has tallied 363 total points over its first five games the season and currently leads the NAIA in scoring offense at 52.8 points per game. The Cougars are coming off an impressive 45-14 road victory over Quincy University (Ill.) this past Saturday marking the fifth time in five games that the team has scored at least 45 points. The road will definitely get tougher as three of SXU's next six games are against foes currently ranked among the NAIA's top 15 in No. 15 Marian University (Oct. 9), No. 8 Walsh University (Oct. 30) and No. 9 University of Saint Francis-Ind. (Nov. 6).

Saint Xavier (5-0 overall/2-0 MSFA) hosts the Trojans for its annual Homecoming game in Saturday's MSFA Mideast League battle. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. Saint Xavier University President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., will handle the pre-game coin toss for Saturday's big match-up.

Click here to see the official national rankings for Sept. 27 at the NAIA website