Colorado State-Pueblo New No. 1 in Division II Coaches' Poll

Seven ranked teams lost this past weekend, including previous No. 1 Pittsburg State (Kan.), causing a big shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Colorado State-Pueblo is the new No. 1 team this week. The Thunderwolves picked up 23 first-place votes after they beat Colorado School of Mines, 35-21, and moved their record to 7-0. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) moves up to the second spot with six first-place votes. The Rams are also 7-0 after a 56-37 defeat of St. Augustine’s (N.C.). New Haven (Conn.) is No. 3 this week, followed by Bloomsburg (Pa.) at No. 4 and Northwest Missouri State at No. 5. The Bearcats beat then-No. 1 Pittsburg State (Kan.), 31-21, in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium and received one first-place vote.

With its loss, Pittsburg State (Kan.) drops to a tie with Minnesota-Duluth at No. 7. Then-No. 4 Missouri Western State fell 12 places to No. 16 after its 31-30 loss to Missouri Southern State. Miles (Ala.) enters the Division II Coaches’ Poll for the first time in school history at No. 21. The Golden Bears are 6-1 on the season after a 45-0 blowout of Kentucky State. Also entering the poll for the first time in over a year is Michigan Tech. The Huskies are ranked No. 22 and sit 5-1 after a 28-21 win over Northwood (Mich.).

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 15, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week SevenNext Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (23) 7-0 742 2 D. Colorado School of Mines, 35-21 Oct. 20 vs. Black Hills St. (S.D.)
2. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6) 7-0 718 3 D. St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 56-37 Oct. 20 vs. Livingstone (N.C.)
3. New Haven (Conn.) 6-0 679 5 D. Bentley (Mass.), 17-13 Oct. 18 at Stonehill (Mass.)
4. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 7-0 651 6 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 48-27 Oct. 20 at Cheyney (Pa.)
5. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 6-1 628 7 D. No. 1 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 31-21 Oct. 20 at Missouri Southern St.
6. Ashland (Ohio) 7-0 586 8 D. Walsh (Ohio), 30-0 Oct. 20 at Malone (Ohio)
7t. Minnesota-Duluth 6-1 519 9 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 44-6 Oct. 20 vs. Bemidji St. (Minn.)
7t. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 5-1 519 1 Lost to No. 7 Northwest Missouri St., 31-21 Oct. 20 vs. No. 16 Missouri Western St.
9. Minnesota St.-Mankato 7-0 514 10 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 34-31 2OT Oct. 20 at Winona St. (Minn.)
10. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6-0 458 11 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 58-7 Oct. 20 vs. No. 25 Harding (Ark.)
11. Henderson St. (Ark.) 7-0 438 12 D. No. 23 Harding (Ark.), 38-10 Oct. 20 vs. East Central (Okla.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 5-1 416 13 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 35-28 Oct. 20 at Abilene Christian (Texas)
13. Shippensburg (Pa.) 7-0 384 16 D. Kutztown (Pa.), 73-35 Oct. 20 at West Chester (Pa.)
14. California (Pa.) 6-1 347 15 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 30-0 Oct. 20 at Gannon (Pa.)
15. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 6-1 321 17 D. No. 18 Wayne St. (Mich.), 24-7 Oct. 20 at Hillsdale (Mich.)
16. Missouri Western St. 6-1 311 4 Lost to Missouri Southern St., 31-30 Oct. 20 at No. 7t Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
17. West Texas A&M 6-1 266 20 D. Abilene Christian (Texas), 36-0 Oct. 20 at Eastern New Mexico
18t. Emporia St. (Kan.) 7-0 258 21 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 13-0 Oct. 20 at Truman St. (Mo.)
18t. Washburn (Kan.) 6-1 258 19 D. Truman St. (Mo.), 35-24 Oct. 20 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
20. Indiana (Pa.) 6-1 197 22 D. Edinboro (Pa.), 26-10 Oct. 20 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.)
21. Miles (Ala.) 6-1 100 NR D. Kentucky St., 45-0 Oct. 20 at Lane (Tenn.)
22. Michigan Tech 5-1 87 NR D. Northwood (Mich.), 28-21 Oct. 20 at Ferris St. (Mich.)
23. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 6-1 69 NR D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 31-23 Oct. 20 at Augustana (S.D.)
24. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-2 39 14 Lost to Northern Michigan, 38-10 Oct. 20 vs. Northwood (Mich.)
25. Harding (Ark.) 5-1 31 23 Lost to No. 12 Henderson St. (Ark.), 38-10 Oct. 20 at No. 10 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)

Dropped Out: Wayne St. (Mich.) (18), North Carolina-Pembroke (24), Shepherd (W.Va.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: West Alabama, 29; New Mexico Highlands, 26; Wayne St. (Mich.), 23; Hillsdale (Mich.), 18; Indianapolis (Ind.), 18; Central Washington, 15; Charleston (W.Va.), 14; Tuskegee (Ala.), 14; Bentley (Mass.), 13; American International (Mass.), 11; Southern Arkansas, 7; Central Missouri, 6; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 6; Chadron St. (Neb.), 5; Mars Hill (N.C.), 4; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 3; North Carolina-Pembroke, 1; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 1.

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