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Baker Football to Begin 2015 Ranked No. 15

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The Wildcats received 138 total points in the poll and is joined by five other members of the Heart in the Top 25 poll including, No. 6 ranked Grand View, No. 8 MNU, No. 9 Missouri Valley, No. 19 William Penn and No. 25 Benedictine.

Baker opens up the 2015 season at No. 6 Grand View on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.

This marks the first game in program history, the Vikings will play in a Heart of America Athletic Conference game. The game will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN 3 and KSMO-TV in Kansas City. To view on ESPN 3, please click here.

Grand View went 10-2 a year ago with both losses coming to Marian (Ind.), the final in the NAIA FCS Playoffs, 34-6.

While Baker went 8-3 a year ago, but captured its first Heart Championship in 2013 since the 1993 season.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Southern Oregon is making its third all-time No. 1 appearance, while Marian (Ind.) its 10 … The Raiders were also ranked No. 1 in the 2015 Spring Poll and the 2014 Postseason Poll … Marian’s last No. 1 ranking came on April 18, 2013 – the 2013 Spring Poll … There were 38 different programs ranked in 2014 … Carroll (Mont.), Grand View (Iowa), Morningside (Iowa) and Southern Oregon all ranked No. 1 at least one time last season … Carroll owns the most top-billings with 58, followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (17) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) … With the 186-straight Top 25 streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped in mid-October last year, Carroll owns the active lead with 182 … Missouri Valley is next with 117-straight mentions, followed by Morningside (100) and Saint Xavier (90) … Morningside holds the longest active streak of top 10 rankings, having been listed among the top 10 teams for 49-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.