LA GRANDE — The NAIA released its first Coaches’ Poll of the season, with Eastern Oregon University climbing up to No. 13 in the nation.

The Mountaineers came into the season ranked No. 18 in the preseason poll and have won two close games to start the year. Eastern beat Montana Tech 26-24 on the road and took down Montana Western 35-28 in the team’s home opener.

Coming off a bye week, the Mountaineers are set to square off against Carroll College in Helena, Montana on Sept. 18.

Eastern is one of four schools in the Frontier Conference ranked in the top 25. Montana Western (2-1) is ranked 23rd, Rocky Mountain College (2-0) is slated at 24th and College of Idaho (1-1) received votes.

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