Five New Teams Enter Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll

The Top 10 remained relatively unchanged, but losses to five Top 25 teams this past weekend caused a shakeup in the bottom half of the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. North Alabama still sits at No. 1, receiving 28 of a possible 29 first place votes, after the Lions handed Arkansas Tech a 44-10 loss. Delta State (Miss.) and Bloomsburg (Pa.) flip-flop positions this week with the Statesmen moving to No. 2 after a 34-20 win over Arkansas-Monticello. Bloomsburg (Pa.) is No. 3 this week after moving its record to 6-0 following a 45-10 victory over Cheyney (Pa.). No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney and No. 5 Washburn (Kan.) round out the Top 5.

Losses to Albany St. (Ga.), Shepherd (W.Va.), Central Missouri, Hillsdale (Mich.) and Edinboro (Pa.), made room for five new teams to enter the Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. West Virginia Wesleyan is 6-0 on the season and comes in at No. 21 after a 45-44 overtime victory over then-No. 14 Shepherd (W.Va.). No. 22 West Alabama enters the poll for the first time this season after a 38-10 win over Southern Arkansas, while Bemidji State (Minn.) re-enters the poll at No. 23 after a two-week layoff. Wayne State (Neb.) enters at No. 24 for the first time this season while No. 25 Mars Hill (N.C.) enters the AFCA Top 25 for the first time since September 25, 2007.

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 10, 2011

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. North Alabama (28) 6-0 724 1 D. Arkansas Tech, 44-10 Oct. 13 vs. No. 2 Delta St. (Miss.)
2. Delta St. (Miss.) (1) 6-1 648 3 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 34-20 Oct. 13 at No. 1 North Alabama
3. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6-0 646 2 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 45-10 Oct. 15 vs. Shippensburg (Pa.)
4. Nebraska-Kearney 6-0 630 4 D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 20-13 Oct. 15 vs. No. 11 Colorado St.-Pueblo
5. Washburn (Kan.) 6-0 609 5 D. Truman St. (Mo.), 42-14 Oct. 15 vs. Central Oklahoma
6. Wayne St. (Mich.) 6-0 559 6 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 45-24 Oct. 15 at Ashland (Ohio)
7. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 6-0 544 8 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 38-17 Oct. 15 vs. Lincoln (Mo.)
8. Northwest Missouri St. 5-1 538 7 D. No. 19 Central Missouri, 38-20 Oct. 15 vs. Eastern New Mexico
9. Minnesota-Duluth 5-1 496 9 D. Winona St. (Minn.), 24-6 Oct. 15 at Mary (N.D.)
10. Abilene Christian (Texas) 4-1 463 10 D. Eastern New Mexico, 36-7 Oct. 15 vs. No. 17 West Texas A&M
11. Colorado St.-Pueblo 6-0 424 11 D. Colorado School of Mines, 23-6 Oct. 15 at No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney
12. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 5-1 400 13 D. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 40-13 Oct. 15 vs. No. 22 West Alabama
13. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 6-0 341 16 D. St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 35-28 Oct. 15 at Livingstone (N.C.)
14. California (Pa.) 5-1 339 15 D. Gannon (Pa.), 33-6 Oct. 15 at Slippery Rock (Pa.)
15. Midwestern St. (Texas) 5-0 303 18 D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 44-13 Oct. 15 at Angelo St. (Texas)
16. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 5-1 302 17 D. Minnesota St.-Mankato, 31-13 Oct. 15 at Southwest Minnesota St.
17. West Texas A&M 4-1 268 20 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 19-7 Oct. 15 at No. 10 Abilene Christian (Texas)
18. New Haven (Conn.) 5-1 215 21 D. Southern Connecticut St., 59-38 Oct. 15 vs. American International (Mass.)
19. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 5-0 207 24 D. California-Davis, 23-17 Oct. 15 at Central Washington
20. Kutztown (Pa.) 5-1 184 23 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 49-32 Oct. 15 at Millersville (Pa.)
21. West Virginia Wesleyan 6-0 109 NR D. No. 14 Shepherd (W.Va.), 45-44 OT Oct. 15 vs. Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
22. West Alabama 5-1 106 NR D. Southern Arkansas, 38-10 Oct. 15 at No. 12 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
23. Bemidji St. (Minn.) 5-1 71 NR D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 20-7 Oct. 15 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
24. Wayne St. (Neb.) 5-1 61 NR D. Mary (N.D.), 31-24 Oct. 15 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
25. Mars Hill (N.C.) 5-1 54 NR D. Wingate (N.C.), 42-35 Oct. 15 at Catawba (N.C.)


Dropped Out: Albany St. (Ga.) (12), Shepherd (W.Va.) (14), Central Missouri (19), Hillsdale (Mich.) (22), Edinboro (Pa.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Albany St. (Ga.), 48; Central Missouri, 33; Morehouse (Ga.), 24; Shepherd (W.Va.), 16; Ashland (Ohio), 15; Colorado School of Mines, 15; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 10; Merrimack (Mass.), 9; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 7; Missouri Western St., 3; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 3; Hillsdale (Mich.), 1.

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