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College football: Unbeaten UMD drops to sixth in poll

Beating up on bottom-of-the-barrel NSIC teams is getting Minnesota Duluth nowhere fast in the rankings.

The Bulldogs (10-0) dropped a spot to No. 6 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Division II poll and stayed third in the next-to-last Super Four Region poll after blanking winless University of Mary 55-0 on Saturday.

NSIC South Division champion Minnesota State-Mankato remained No. 1 for the seventh week in a row, collecting 29 of 33 first-place votes and 818 points. Fellow unbeatens Ferris State, West Georgia, Ouachita Baptist and Valdosta State, which leapfrogged UMD, are ranked third through fifth, respectively.

UMD, which debuted at No. 1 two weeks ago in the region rankings before dropping to third after a record-setting win over Minnesota-Crookston, remain behind Mankato and Tarleton State in Super Region Four.

The Bulldogs close the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Northern State and then find out who they will play during the NCAA Division II tournament selection show at 4 p.m. Sunday.