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