KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released its 2017 Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll Tuesday, with Montana Tech ranked No. 6 in the national balloting.

The Orediggers (10-2) repeated as Frontier Conference champions last year and were voted the favorite in the Frontier Conference preseason coaches’ poll.

Last season’s national champion Saint Francis (Ind.) held on to the No. 1 slot and claimed all of the first-place votes.

Besides Tech, the Frontier's Eastern Oregon is ranked 7th, Montana Western is 19th and Southern Oregon is 25th.

Carroll College was listed among the school's also receiving votes.