Panthers Jump Into National Rankings

Casey Williams (courtesy Bernie Fernandez)
Casey Williams (courtesy Bernie Fernandez)

AFCA Top 25 Poll
Columbus Dispatch:
"ODU Savors Huge Victory for Program"
NBC4: Highlights
FootballScoop: "In just their fourth year in D-II, this program knocked off a top ten team"
Tuscon Citizen: "Go Figure" 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A landmark 57-14 win over then-No. 9 Grand Valley State has seen Ohio Dominican's football team make history as the Panthers jumped into the AFCA Top 25 Poll for the first time since joining the Division II level in 2010, entering the rankings at No. 23 this week.

The Panthers, who have been receiving votes since the preseason poll was released, garnered 124 points after their upset victory. Grand Valley dropped to No. 25 this week.

ODU is 4-0 this season (3-0 GLIAC) and has won nine straight games dating to last season. It's the second-longest winning streak in the country behind just Valdosta State, last year's national champs and current No. 1 (13 games).

During the win streak, the Panthers have outscored the opposition 404-150, winning by an average of 28.2 points per game in that stretch. The 43-point win over Grand Valley, which has won four national championships in the last 13 years, was the biggest margin of defeat for the Lakers since 1987, a stretch of 312 games.

ODU is one of 22 unbeaten teams in the country this season and the lone GLIAC school without a blemish on its record.

The last time the Panthers were ranked was in the final NAIA poll of 2009, when ODU was 24th.

Ohio Dominican travels to take on Walsh at 6 p.m. Saturday in Canton.

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