Butler football moves up two spots to #8 in NJCAA poll

Butler football moves up two spots to #8 in NJCAA poll

After a 40-7 win Saturday over then-No. 13 Iowa Western, Butler football moved up two spots to eighth in this week's NJCAA Top 20 poll.

The Grizzlies (2-0 overall, 1-0 KJCCC) received 95 votes and are just one point behind two-time defending champion East Mississippi, who dropped from first to seventh after having a 25-game winning snapped by Copiah-Lincoln (MS).

For the second straight week, Butler is one of three KJCCC teams ranked in the top 10. Hutchinson (2-0, 1-0) moved up one spot to third, while Coffeyville (2-0, 0-0) jumped two spots to fourth. After receiving votes last week, Dodge City (2-0, 1-0) moved into the rankings at 20th, giving the KJCCC a total of four ranked this week.

Having knocked off previous-No. 1 East Mississippi, Copiah-Lincoln moved into the top spot with six first-place votes and 138 total votes. Ranked second is Nassau (N.Y.) who collected three first-place votes and 135 total. Hutchinson, Coffeyville and Tyler (TX) round out the top five. Snow (UT), ranked sixth, is the only 1-0 team ranked in the top 10. East Mississippi, Butler, Georgia Military and Northwest Mississippi finish out the top 10.

Butler will make the short trip to face #3 Hutchinson on Saturday, setting up a matchup of top 10 teams. The Blue Dragons ended a 23-game losing streak to the Grizzlies last year with a 35-26 win in El Dorado and went on to win the Region VI title for the first time since 1995. Kickoff from Gowans Stadium is at 7:00 p.m.

  2015 NJCAA TOP 20 FOOTBALL POLL 
Sept. 9, 2015
Rank    Team  Record   Points   Prev. 
1. Copiah-Lincoln, MS (6)    2-0 138 t4
2. Nassau, NY (3) 2-0 135 3
3. Hutchinson 2-0 126 t4
4. Coffeyville 2-0 117 6
5. Tyler, TX 2-0 113 8
6. Snow, UT 1-0 98 7
7. East Mississippi
1-1 96 1
8. Butler  2-0 95 10
9. Georgia Military 3-0 86 12
10. NW Mississippi 2-0 76 14
11. Arizona Western 1-1 66 2
12. Rochester, MN 2-0 53 16
13. Central Lakes-Brainerd, MN    2-0 44 17
14. Mississippi Gulf Coast 1-1 38 9
15. Hinds, MS 2-0 35 20
16. Kilgore, TX 1-1 28 11
17. Pima, AZ 3-0 28 RV
18. Blinn, TX 2-1 27 15
19. Scottsdale, AZ 1-0 24 NR
20. Dodge City 2-0 18 RV

Other schools receiving votes: Trinity Valley, TX (1-2, 10); Iowa Western (0-2, 9); East Central, MS (2-0, 4).

Dropped from rankings: Iowa Western (13); Navarro, TX (18); Trinity Valley, TX (19).