Saint Francis climbed from No. 8 to No. 3 in the NAIA Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 poll.
Morningside (Iowa) received all 16 first-place votes after it won its first national title with a 35-28 victory over Benedictine (Kan.) on Dec. 15.
This is USF’s fourth consecutive Top 5 finish and 10th in the last 15 seasons. The Cougars have been ranked No. 3 in 13 of the past 21 seasons, have been ranked in the Top 5 in 28 of the last 33 polls and it's their 201st Top 10 ranking.