For the first time since 1991, one conference rules them all.
Tuesday, the NJCAA put out its weekly football poll with the Jayhawk Conference taking the top three spots in No. 1 Butler Community College (6-0 overall, 4-0 league), No. 2 Hutchinson (5-0, 3-0) and No. 3 Coffeyville (5-0, 3-0).
None of the three teams have played each other yet. Butler plays at Coffeyville on Oct. 16, then hosts Hutchinson on Oct. 23. Coffeyville plays at Hutchinson on Oct. 30, the final week of the regular season.
Southwestern Junior College Football Conference teams Navarro, Kilgore and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M were the last league trio to occupy the top three spots in the poll, 19 years ago.
"I'm excited, to say the least," Jayhawk commissioner Bryce Roderick said. "It speaks volumes to the strength of our league."
The top spot is nothing new to Butler, which has won two of the last three national titles.
"From our perspective it doesn't add much pressure, it just means that we've put ourselves in a spot where we control our own destiny," Morrell said. "The extreme flip side of this is if we all play each other and beat each other and nobody gets a shot at the national title."
It's the highest ranking for the Blue Dragons since reaching No. 1 during the 1970 season.
"We've steadily worked our ways up the rankings," Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said. "Things weren't any different around here then they were yesterday, we've kept things in perspective."
Coffeyville, led by third-year coach Darian Dulin, is at its highest spot in the poll since reaching No. 2 in 2005.
The polls also give the state of Kansas an inside track to hosting the national championship game again.
Last season, Blinn College defeated Fort Scott in the Citizens Bank Bowl at Pittsburg in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. Hutchinson also hosts a bowl game, the Salt City Bowl, that the Blue Dragons won last year.
The Salt City Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 4 this year, followed by the Citizens Bank Bowl on Dec. 5.
"I'd hope that if Hutchinson comes out on top, that the title game would go there," Roderick said. "And if Butler or Coffeyville are the one, then we would hope that the Citizens Bank Bowl would end up as the national title game again."