Top 17 Remain the Same

There was very little change in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as only one team in the Top 25 lost this past week. The top 17 spots remained the same with Valdosta State (Ga.) still No. 1, followed by Minnesota State-Mankato, Northwest Missouri State, West Texas A&M and Colorado State-Pueblo rounding out the top five. West Texas A&M did pick up one first-place vote this week after its 72-0 shutout of Central State (Ohio). 

With then-No. 18 St. Cloud State’s (Minn.) loss to No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth, the Huskys dropped out of the poll, allowing Midwestern State (Texas) to re-enter the Top 25 at No. 25. 

There are three Top 25 matchups this week, and all three are very important conference games with first place on the line. The first game sees No. 1 Valdosta State traveling to No. 14 West Alabama and control of the Gulf South Conference going to the winner. The second Top 25 matchup has No. 21t Tarleton State (Texas) hosting No. 4 West Texas A&M in a key Lone Star Conference game, while the third matchup has No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo traveling to No. 19 Chadron State (Neb.) with first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on the line. 

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 7, 2013

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week ElevenNext Game
1. Valdosta St. (Ga.) (28) 4-0 791 1 D. Florida Tech, 52-14 Oct. 10 at No. 14 West Alabama
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato (2) 5-0 764 2 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 27-7 Oct. 12 vs. Augustana (S.D.)
3. Northwest Missouri St. 5-0 726 3 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 40-12 Oct. 12 vs. Central Oklahoma
4. West Texas A&M (1) 5-0 702 4 D. Central St. (Ohio), 72-0 Oct. 12 at No. 21t Tarleton St. (Texas)
5. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 5-0 669 5 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 35-3 Oct. 12 at No. 19 Chadron St. (Neb.)
6. Missouri Western St. 5-0 646 6 D. Central Oklahoma, 63-30 Oct. 12 vs. Northeastern St. (Okla.)
7. Indiana (Pa.) 5-0 585 7 D. Millersville (Pa.), 62-3 Oct. 12 at Slippery Rock (Pa.)
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) 5-0 556 8 D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 42-0 Oct. 12 vs. Southwestern Oklahoma St.
9. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 5-0 526 9 D. Gannon (Pa.), 38-14 Oct. 12 vs. Millersville (Pa.)
10. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 5-0 522 10 D. Abilene Christian (Texas), 28-20 Oct. 12 at Central Missouri
11. Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 472 11 D. No. 18 St. Cloud State (Minn.), 34-7 Oct. 12 at Minnesota St.-Moorhead
12. Shepherd (W.Va.) 5-0 419 12 D. Charleston (W.Va.), 28-9 Oct. 12 at Virginia-Wise
13. North Carolina-Pembroke 4-0 397 13 Idle Oct. 12 at North Carolina-Charlotte
14. West Alabama 4-1 394 14 D. Delta St. (Miss.), 48-14 Oct. 10 vs. No. 1 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
15. Washburn (Kan.) 5-0 338 15 D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 44-21 Oct. 12 vs. Lincoln (Mo.)
16. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 4-1 301 16 D. Bowie St. (Md.), 56-21 Oct. 12 vs. Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)
17. West Chester (Pa.) 5-0 290 17 D. California (Pa.), 38-31 Oct. 12 vs. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
18. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 4-1 220 20 D. Mars Hill (N.C.), 43-27 Oct. 12 at Shorter (Ga.)
19. Chadron St. (Neb.) 4-1 206 19 D. Adams St. (Colo.), 31-0 Oct. 12 vs. No. 5 Colorado St.-Pueblo
20. Ohio Dominican 5-0 180 23 D. Walsh (Ohio), 33-20 Oct. 12 at Ashland (Ohio)
21t. Indianapolis (Ind.) 4-1 164 21 D. Missouri S&T, 34-3 Oct. 12 at McKendree (Ill.)
21t. Tarleton St. (Texas) 4-0 164 22 D. Eastern New Mexico, 34-14 Oct. 12 vs. No. 4 West Texas A&M
23. Emporia St. (Kan.) 5-0 117 24 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 52-14 Oct. 12 vs. Southwest Baptist (Mo.)
24. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 4-1 91 25 D. Michigan Tech, 49-3 Oct. 12 at Ferris St. (Mich.)
25. Midwestern St. (Texas) 3-1 61 NR D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 43-10 Oct. 12 vs. McMurry (Texas)

Dropped Out: St. Cloud State (Minn.) (18) 

Others Receiving Votes: Newberry (S.C.), 42; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 21; New Haven (Conn.), 19; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 8; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 4; North Greenville (S.C.), 2; Ferris St. (Mich.), 1; Johnson C. Smith (N.C.), 1; Tuskegee (Ala.), 1.

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