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The VIkings move No. 7 in the NAIA Top-25 Rankings. Photo Credits - Doug Wells
Football - Mon, Sep. 25, 2017

Kansas City, Missouri – For the second straight week, the Grand View University Viking football team moved up one spot to the No. 7 spot in the latest NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Vikings are now 4-1 overall. Last week, Grand View defeated the Missouri Valley College Vikings during their Homecoming Weekend. This battle of the Vikings saw spectacular individual plays on both sides of the ball from both teams, but it was the home team who eventually pulled away in the 2nd- half.

The Viking offense continues to be the strength of the team. The bread and butter of the 2nd-highest scoring offense in NAIA remain the passing attack. Grand View possesses the top passing offense in the country. Quarterback Jordan Knock (SR/Gilbert, IA / Gilbert HS) ranks 2nd in the nation in both total offense and total passing yards. Knock's big-play wide receiver continues to be Alex Brammer (SR/Ames, IA / Ames HS). Brammer has scored 48 points on the season, which is ranks No. 3 in NAIA. All of the Ames product's points have come from receiving touchdowns.

The Viking defense steadily improves as the season continues. The unit now holds the 14th-ranked scoring defense at 20.6 opponent points/game. They also rank in the top-20 in opponent 4th down conversion percentage at 30%.

Saint Francis (Ind.) was a unanimous pick at the top spot once again. Other Heart of America teams that made the Top-25 Poll were: Baker (2), Benedictine (18), and Peru State (23). The full rankings can be seen below.

The Vikings return to the field on Saturday, September 30th against the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers at 1:00 p.m. in Olathe, Kansas. This will be an interesting matchup in not only the Heart but also the nation. The Pioneers possess one of the better defenses in the country. They have accumulated 21.5 sacks on the season and only allow 157.6 pass yards/game. These rank 1st and 7th in NAIA respectively. Meanwhile, the Vikings own one of the best passing attacks in the country and they have only allowed 4.0 sacks on the year. This will be a clash to keep an eye on.

Check back with gvvikings.com for a complete recap and follow the Vikings on social media (@VikingAthletics) for in-game updates.

 
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