COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's football team finished the 2014 season ranked No. 4 in the final AFCA Top 25 poll, released today.
The Panthers racked up 614 points to earn their highest national ranking as a Division II member. ODU won a pair of road playoff games and fell 31-28 to eventual national champion Colorado State-Pueblo in the national quarterfinals.
In Pueblo's other three postseason games, the Thunderwolves allowed just 21 total points.
ODU finished the season with an 11-2 overall record, capturing the GLIAC South Division title for a second straight year. The Panthers beat three ranked teams over the course of the year, all on the road – at No. 18 Grand Valley State (28-24) on Sept. 13, at No. 17 Colorado Mines (34-23) on Nov. 22 and at No. 4 Ferris State (46-33) on Nov. 29.
This is the highest national ranking for ODU since it was No. 3 in the NAIA polls for several weeks at the end of the 2007 regular season and into the playoffs.
ODU has been ranked every week since the end of September, 2013, and entered the playoffs ranked No. 9 in the nation.
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