Times Staff Report
December 27, 2012
LOUISVILLE - Five Mid-South Conference teams are ranked in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Postseason Top-25 Poll, NAIA officials announced earlier in the month.
University of the Cumberlands, Georgetown College and Bethel University - all playoff teams - finished No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 respectively in the final poll of 2012.
Cumberlands (10-2) received 242 points after reaching the second round of the playoffs. The Patriots hold steady from the national ranking in the final regular season poll.
Georgetown slipped from the top spot in the final regular season poll to No. 8 after picking up 234 voting points from the national raters. The Tigers fell to Bethel in the Football Championship Series’ opening round to end their season at 10-1.
Bethel (9-4) made the biggest jump from the end of the regular season to the postseason poll climbing from No. 18 to No. 9. The Wildcats - who bowed out of the playoffs in the second round - received 227 voting points.
Cumberland University and Kentucky Christian University rounds out the MSC teams ranked in the final poll.
Cumberland (8-3) jumped one spot to No. 19 after receiving 93 voting points while Kentucky Christian (7-4) remains at No. 25 with 26 voting points.
Marian (Ind.) ends the season at No. 1 after capturing the national title. Marian (12-1) received 314 voting points and all 14 first-place votes.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.