No. 4 final rankings for 2017 Tommie Football

Photo by B.J. Pickard, MIAC
Photo by B.J. Pickard, MIAC

D3Football.com news release

AFCA Final D-III Top 25 news release

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St. Thomas Football was voted No. 4 in both the final D3Football.com poll and American Football Coaches' Association poll for 2017.

This marks the seventh time in the last nine seasons that St. Thomas has finished in the final seven of the season-ending top 25 polls.

Mount Union (15-0) shut out Mary Hardin-Baylor (14-1) in Friday night's NCAA championship game, 12-0, in a defense-dominated game that featured a combined 373 yards of total offense and just 22 first downs.

The Raiders and Crusaders were followed in the top five of both final polls by UW-Oshkosh (12-1), St. Thomas (11-2) and Brockport (13-1). 

Three teams defeated by the Tommies this season were also ranked in the top 21: St. John's at No. 14; Berry (Ga.) at No. 15; and Concordia-Moorhead at No. 21.

Coach Glenn Caruso's Tommie defensive ranked first or second among all 660 NCAA teams in five categories:

  • fewest yards allowed (1st, 157 ypg);
  • fewest rushing yards allowed (1st, 21.9 ypg);
  • fewest first downs allowed (1st, 8.4 per game);
  • tackles for loss per game (2nd, 11.2);
  • third-down conversion rate allowed (2nd, .203)

 

This Decade

Thus far in the 2010s decade (last eight seasons), St. Thomas ranks fourth in both win percentage (.885) and victories (92) among all 240 Division III football programs.

 

Best Division III Records/This Decade

School                 Stagg Bowls/Titles    Best D-III W-L    Postseason   Conf. Record

Mount Union                 7/3                        113-6 (.950)         34-5 (.872)        71-1

Mary Hardin-Baylor        2/1                       101-8 (.927)         22-7 (.759)        53-1

UW-Whitewater             4/4                        98-9 (.916)          25-2 (.926)        52-4

St. Thomas                   2/0                        92-12 (.885)        17-7 (.708)        60-4

Linfield                          0/0                       82-12 (.872)        14-8 (.631          51-1

Wesley                          0/0                       88-16 (.846)        19-8 (.704)         22-2

 

Best NCAA FB Records/This Decade

School                               Best D-III W-L %   

Mount Union (D-III)             (.950)  113-6         

Mary Hardin-Baylor (D-III)   (.927)  101-8       

UW-Whitewater (D-III)        (.916)    98-9    

Alabama (FBS)                    (.890)    97-12

North Dakota State (FCS)     (.890)  105-13

St. Thomas (D-III)              (.885)    92-12     

NW Missouri State (D-II)     (.881)    97-13

Linfield  (D-III)                   (.872)    82-12