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October 11, 2010

Lutes Break Into D3football.com Top 25 Poll

Pacific Lutheran has opened the 2010 football season with a 4-0 record, and national pollsters have noticed the Lutes' success on the field.

The Lutes broke into this week's D3football.com Top 25 poll at No. 25. PLU picked up 45 total votes, behind No. 24 Bethel (Minn.) and its 72 votes. Defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater received all 22 first-place votes and 622 total points.

According to Pat Coleman with D3football.com, Pacific Lutheran has never been ranked in the D3football.com Top 25, which began with the 2003 season. PLU reached as high as the top spot in "others receiving votes" for two consecutive weeks in 2004, at which point PLU was 4-1 and 5-1.

In the other major Division III national top 25 ranking, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' Poll, Pacific Lutheran is third in the "others receiving votes" category with 29 points. California Lutheran, a team that PLU defeated 35-21 during the second week of the season, is ranked No. 25 with 63 votes. Wisconsin-Whitewater leads that poll with 35 of the 40 first-place votes and 995 total points.

The last time that Pacific Lutheran was ranked among the top 25 in either poll came on Sept. 28, 2004, when PLU earned the No. 24 ranking in the AFCA poll.

Pacific Lutheran plays its final non-conference game of the season next Saturday, Oct. 16, when it travels to Atherton, Calif., to take on former NWC member Menlo College. Kickoff is slated for noon. The Lutes return to conference play the following Saturday, Oct. 23, when they host defending NWC champion and nationally ranked Linfield at Sparks Stadium.

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