The Butler Grizzlies have shown the NJCAA what they're about. With their two wins over ranked teams over the last two weeks, the Butler Grizzlies have vaulted to No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Top 20 rankings.
It is the highest ranking for Butler since 2016 when they were ranked No. 2 in the third poll. Butler would lose to Iowa Western 49-7 the following week, dropping them to No. 12.
The Grizzlies move to the Top 5 is helped by the top four teams losing in the last two weeks. It's the first time since 2009 where the top four ranked teams would lose their openers.
Butler is riding a nice wave of momentum as they have beaten then No. 12 Iowa Central 42-10 and then No. 6 Snow College 36-17. Butler has made their mark on both sides of the ball.
Butler's Brock Sturges is tied for second in the nation with three rushing touchdowns. That's a huge reason why Butler is No. 1 in the nation in rushing touchdowns, with seven. They're a top 15 rushing team overall and at top 20 passing team. Their offense being so balanced has made them a dangerous threat every time they touch the ball.
Their defense is ranked 15th, giving up only 13.5 points per game. The Grizzlies are second in the nation in interceptions (5) and 10th in forced fumbles (3).
Other Jayhawk teams ranked this week: Rival Hutchinson is No. 1 for the first time in school history. The Broncbusters of Garden City come in at No. 10 after being No. 3 in the previous poll. They lost to Snow College 30-27 in Week 1. Fort Scott makes an appearance at No. 20 for the first time in ages. Highland, who was No. 16 last week, lost to Fort Scott in week one and dropped out despite being Ellsworth 21-0 on Saturday.
No. 1 East Mississippi drops to No. 5. Iowa Western, who was No. 2, drops No. 7. Iowa Central moves up to No. 12, despite losing to Butler in Week 1.
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