One Point Now Separates No. 1 and No. 2 in NJCAA Football Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA Football regular season coming to an end and there are several teams fighting for a shot at the national championship. With conference playoffs starting and championships being decided, there are few opportunities left for squads to impress the voters.

After narrowly avoiding another upset, No. 1 Blinn College (Texas) lost a point in the poll but held on to their top-ranking. The Buccaneers beat Cisco College (Texas) 39-37 Saturday for their third-straight victory decided by seven points or less. Blinn received 135 points in the poll and again had four first-place votes.

No. 2 Arizona Western College didn’t earn another first-place vote with their 48-9 blowout of former-No. 14 Eastern Arizona College, but did move within one point of top-ranked Blinn. The 9-0 Matadors garnered 134 points and two first-place votes in the poll. Arizona Western has another opportunity to prove themselves Saturday, when they face-off against No. 15 Snow College (Utah).

Beating Holmes CC (Miss.) 56-35, No. 3 East Mississippi Community College maintained their ranking and gained a point in the poll for a total of 128. The Lions will have up to two opportunities in the MACJC playoffs to improve their resume and jump into one of the top two spots in the rankings. Their first chance will be in Saturday’s semifinals when they host No. 14 Hinds Community College (Miss.).

Rounding out the Top Five with impressive credentials are No. 4 Butler Community College (Kan.) and No. 5 Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.). The Grizzlies of Butler are unbeaten since falling in the season-opener, while Grand Rapids is undefeated at 9-0. Both have opportunities to get back in the national conversation this week with Butler hosting Dodge City CC (Kan.) in the KJCCC Semifinals and Grand Rapids hosting No. 7 Iowa Western Community College in the MFC Championship Game.

Other teams in the Top 10 that have national title hopes include No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and No. 8 Trinity Valley Community College (Texas). Both groups face Top 11 opponents this week and will potentially have shots at the nation’s front-runners in next week’s respective conference championship games. Mississippi Gulf Coast will host No. 17 Northeast Mississippi Community College in the MACJC Semifinals, while Trinity Valley welcomes in No. 11 Navarro College (Texas) for the second-consecutive week in the SWJCFC Semifinals.

Jumping in the poll was No. 9 New Mexico Military Institute who moved up three spots and No. 10 Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) who advanced five places. No. 12 Rochester Community & Technical College (Minn.) advanced to the MCAC Championship Game and became the first team to 10 wins this season with a 45-12 win over Mesabi Range CTC (Minn.). No. 13 Dean College (Mass.) moved up three places as well, while No. 14 Hinds Community College (Miss.) and No. 15 Snow College (Utah) each fell back four spots following losses.

The eleventh regular season NJCAA Football Poll will be announced on Nov. 8.

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NJCAA Football Poll – Nov. 1, 2011
School, Record, Poll Votes (1st Place Votes), Previous Ranking
1. Blinn College, Texas, 9-0, 135 (4), 1
2. Arizona Western College, 9-0, 134 (2), 2
3. East Mississippi CC, 9-0, 128 (1), 3
4. Butler CC, Kan., 8-1, 119, 4
5. Grand Rapids CC, Mich., 9-0, 114, 5
6. Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, 8-1, 103, 7
7. Iowa Western CC, 8-1, 97, 8
8. Trinity Valley CC, Texas, 8-1, 92, 9
9. New Mexico Military Institute, 8-1, 80, 12
10. Hutchinson CC, Kan., 7-2, 71, 15
11. Navarro College, Texas, 7-2, 69, 6
12. Rochester CTC, Minn., 10-0, 68, 13
13. Dean College, Mass., 6-1, 52, 16
14. Hinds CC, Miss., 7-2, 48, 10
15. Snow College, Utah, 7-2, 40, 11
16. Nassau CC, N.Y., 7-2, 38, 19
17. Northeast Mississippi CC, 6-3, 21, 18
18. Central Lakes College-Brainerd, Minn., 7-2, 19, 20
19. Eastern Arizona College, 7-3, 18, 14
20. Coffeyville CC, Kan., 6-3, 9, 17

Others: Lackawanna College, Pa., 6-2, 7, RV; Glendale CC, Ariz., 6-3, 5, RV; Tyler JC, Texas, 6-3, 2, NR; Northwest Mississippi CC, 6-3, 1, NR

Dropped from Rankings: None

ABOUT the NJCAA
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. It is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games. For more visit http://www.njcaa.org.

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