For the second consecutive week, Butler football remained ranked eighth in the NJCAA Top 20 national poll.
Butler (7-1 overall, 6-1 KJCCC) won its fourth straight KJCCC football title and its 14th in the last 16th seasons with a 19-16 victory over Hutchinson in six overtimes on Saturday. The Grizzlies received 131 votes in this week's poll, which was an increase of 14 votes.
The Grizzlies are one of three KJCCC teams ranked in this week's poll. Despite the loss to Butler, Hutchinson (6-3, 5-2) remained in the poll and moved down just one spot to 19th. Dodge City (6-2, 5-2), who was off last week, jumped ahead of Hutchinson to 18th.
There was very little movement within the top 10, with the top five teams staying the same for the second consecutive week. For the fifth straight week, Georgia Military (9-0) remained at the No. 1 spot, receiving 208 votes and six first-place votes. The only other undefeated team - East Mississippi - stayed in second with 201.5 votes and three first-place votes. Iowa Western, Jones County and Mississippi Gulf Coast round out the top 5.
Only Tyler (Texas) and Scottsdale (Ariz.) exchanged spots in the poll, with Tyler being ranked sixth and Scottsdale seventh. Butler, Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) and Trinity Valley (Texas) rounded out the top 10.
With the win over Hutchinson, Butler will have home-field advantage throughout the Region VI playoffs. The Grizzlies will host Highland (6-3, 5-2) in Sunday's semifinal round at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex, with kickoff at 1:30 p.m. Highland defeated Butler 23-21 in the regular-season meeting back on Sept. 21. This will be the first playoff meeting between the two teams.
|NJCAA Football Top 20 National Poll | October 29, 2013|
|Rank||College||Record||Points|| 1st place
|4.||Jones County, Miss.
|5.||Mississippi Gulf Coast
|10.||Trinity Valley, Texas
|12.||Central Lakes-Brainerd, Minn.
Other schools receiving votes: Northland C&TC, Minn. (7-2); Dakota-Bottineau, N.D. (7-1); Itawamba, Miss. (6-3); Highland, Kan. (6-3); Dean, Mass. (6-3).
Dropped from rankings: Minnesota West (20).