Lots of Reshuffling in Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Ten Top 25 teams lost this past weekend, including five Top 10 teams, which caused a lot of reshuffling in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Former No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth lost to Wayne State (Neb.), 7-0, dropping the Bulldogs to No. 11. Abilene Christian (Texas), Texas A&M-Kingsville, Albany State (Ga.) and St. Cloud State (Minn.) also lost, with only Abilene Christian staying in the Top 10. Northwest Missouri State takes over the top spot after a 73-7 win over Lincoln (Mo.). The Bearcats received 26 of a possible 29 first place votes. North Alabama received two first place votes and moves up to No. 2 after its 23-17 victory over then-No. 3 Abilene Christian. Shepherd (W.Va.), Bloomsburg (Pa.) and Valdosta State (Ga.) round out the Top 5. Grand Valley State (Mich.) dropped out of the poll for the first time since the final poll in 2000. That ends a streak of 138 straight appearances in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the Lakers, which was the longest active streak in Division II.

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 19, 2011

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (26) 3-0 722 2 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 73-7 Sept. 24 vs. Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
2. North Alabama (2) 3-0 696 4 D. No. 3 Abilene Christian (Tex.), 23-17 Sept. 24 vs. Harding (Ark.)
3. Shepherd (W.Va.) 3-0 603 7 D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 64-7 Sept. 24 vs. Charleston (W.Va.)
4. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 3-0 584 8 D. Indiana (Pa.), 20-16 Sept. 24 vs. Millersville (Pa.)
5. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 3-0 562 12 D. No. 6 Albany St. (Ga.), 30-27 Sept. 24 vs. Southern Arkansas
6. Delta St. (Miss.) (1) 3-1 555 10 D. Arkansas Tech, 47-32 Sept. 24 at Henderson St. (Ark.)
7. Nebraska-Kearney 3-0 542 11 D. Colorado-Mesa, 52-10 Sept. 24 vs. Western St. (Colo.)
8. Washburn (Kan.) 3-0 506 13 D. Missouri Southern St., 30-14 Sept. 22 vs. Missouri Western St.
9. Wayne St. (Mich.) 3-0 475 14 D. No. 22 Michigan Tech, 27-10 Sept. 24 at Ohio Dominican
10. Abilene Christian (Texas) 1-1 465 3 Lost to No. 4 North Alabama, 23-17 Sept. 24 vs. Angelo St. (Tex.)
11. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1 464 1 Lost to Wayne St. (Neb.), 7-0 Sept. 24 at No. 24 Bemidji St. (Minn.)
12. Kutztown (Pa.) 3-0 402 16 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 49-6 Sept. 24 vs. Cheyney (Pa.)
13. Albany St. (Ga.) 2-1 355 6 Lost to No. 12 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 30-27 Sept. 24 at Miles (Ala.)
14. Colorado St.-Pueblo 3-0 336 18 D. Adams St. (Colo.), 20-11 Sept. 24 vs. Fort Lewis (Colo.)
15. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 3-0 321 19 D. Truman St. (Mo.), 27-26 Sept. 24 vs. William Jewell (Mo.)
16. Texas A&M-Kingsville 2-1 290 5 Lost to West Texas A&M, 42-21 Sept. 24 at Midwestern St. (Tex.)
17. California (Pa.) 2-1 182 21 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 22-19 Sept. 24 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
18. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 2-1 180 9 Lost to Winona St. (Minn.), 29-16 Sept. 24 at Mary (N.D.)
19. Edinboro (Pa.) 3-0 142 NR D. Cheyney (Pa.), 41-13 Sept. 24 at Gannon (Pa.)
20. Central Missouri 2-1 130 24 D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 45-38 Sept. 24 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)
21. West Texas A&M 1-1 120 NR D. No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 42-21 Sept. 24 vs. Incarnate Word (Tex.)
22. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 3-0 113 NR D. Chowan (N.C.), 55-24 Sept. 24 vs. Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
23. Northern Michigan 3-0 101 NR D. Northwood (Mich.), 38-17 Sept. 24 at Ashland (Ohio)
24. Bemidji St. (Minn.) 3-0 72 NR D. Southwest Minnesota St., 41-10 Sept. 24 vs. No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth
25T. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 2-1 68 17 Lost to Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 20-7 Sept. 24 vs. Newberry (S.C.)
25T. New Haven (Conn.) 2-1 68 23 Lost to William & Mary (Va.), 13-10 Sept. 24 at Assumption (Mass.)


Dropped Out: Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (15), Colorado School of Mines (20), Michigan Tech (22), Mercyhurst (Pa.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Mercyhurst (Pa.), 67; Hillsdale (Mich.), 66; Midwestern St. (Texas), 52; Michigan Tech, 34; Missouri Western St., 26; Colorado School of Mines, 24; Wayne St. (Neb.), 24; West Alabama, 17; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 16; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 14; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 14; Indianapolis (Ind.), 5; Winona St. (Minn.), 5; Morehouse (Ga.), 3; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 2; New Mexico Highlands, 1; Southeastern Oklahoma St., 1.

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