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The Carroll College football team is ranked first in the NAIA preseason coaches' poll for the sixth time since 2003. 

The defending national champion Saints received all 14 votes in the Top 25 poll.

St. Xavier of Illinois is ranked second, followed by MidAmerica Nazarene and Saint Francis of Indiana. Dickinson State, a team Carroll plays on Oct. 8, is ranked seventh.

No other Frontier Conference teams are ranked in the Top 25, but Rocky Mountain and Montana  Tech did receive some votes.