Ottawa, Friends and Tabor are all ranked in the NAIA’s Top 25 preseason football poll.
Ottawa, the defending KCAC champion, is ranked the highest at No. 14. Friends is at No. 21, while Tabor is tied for 22nd.
For the first time since the NAIA moved to one division in 1997, two teams enter the season tied atop the preseason poll. Defending national champion Southern Oregon and national runner-up Marian (Ind.) share the spot.