Little Change in AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll

There was little change this week in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as the Top 21 teams from last week’s rankings all won. Minnesota State-Mankato kept their No. 1 spot for the fourth straight week, beating Wayne State (Neb.) 49-0. Minnesota-Duluth still sits at No. 2, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Ferris State (Mich.) and Bloomsburg (Pa.).

Carson-Newman (Tenn.) and Ashland (Ohio) fell out of the poll allowing Texas A&M-Commerce and Valdosta State (Ga.) to re-enter this week. Texas A&M-Commerce comes in at No. 24 after beating Tarleton State (Texas) 56-49 in the first round of the Lone Star Conference (LSC) playoff. The Lions will play Angelo State (Texas) next week for the LSC playoff championship. Valdosta State re-enters at No. 25 after a six-week layoff. The Blazers are 7-2 after handing North Carolina-Pembroke a 36-7 loss.

There are only two Top 25 matchups in the final week of the regular season, but both have conference title implications. No. 9 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) puts its unbeaten record on the line as they travel across 10th street in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to face No. 14 Henderson State (Ark.) in the Battle of the Ravine for the Great American Conference title. The second matchup has unbeaten and No. 12 Concord (W.Va.) traveling to No. 21 Shepherd (W.Va.) with the Mountain East Conference championship at stake. 

2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 10, 2014

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 10Next Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (29) 10-0 772 1 D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 49-0 Nov. 15 vs. Upper Iowa
2. Minnesota-Duluth 10-0 738 2 D. Mary (N.D.), 53-35 Nov. 15 at Minot St. (N.D.)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) (1) 10-0 713 3 D. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.), 42-7 Nov. 15 vs. Catawba (N.C.)
4. Ferris St. (Mich.) (1) 10-0 681 4 D. Northern Michigan, 35-17 Nov. 15 at Walsh (Ohio)
5. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-0 647 5 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 40-3 Nov. 15 at Slippery Rock (Pa.)
6. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 9-1 609 6 D. Central Missouri, 38-31 Nov. 15 at Central Oklahoma
7. Northwest Missouri St. 9-1 578 7 D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 42-14 Nov. 15 vs. Washburn (Kan.)
8. Colorado St.-Pueblo 9-1 535 8 D. Colorado Mesa, 52-3 Nov. 15 vs. New Mexico Highlands
9. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 9-0 510 9 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 47-10 Nov. 15 at No. 14 Henderson St. (Ark.)
10. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 9-1 448 10 D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 17-7 Nov. 15 vs. Virginia St.
11. Ohio Dominican 8-1 446 11 D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 38-14 Nov. 15 at Tiffin (Ohio)
12. Concord (W.Va.) 10-0 420 13 D. Notre Dame (Ohio), 51-14 Nov. 15 at No. 21 Shepherd (W.Va.)
13. Delta St. (Miss.) 8-1 419 12 D. Concordia (Ala.), 73-6 Nov. 15 vs. Mississippi College
14. Henderson St. (Ark.) 9-1 360 14 D. Southern Arkansas, 55-41 Nov. 15 vs. No. 9 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
15. North Alabama 8-1 357 15 D. Shorter (Ga.), 45-7 Nov. 13 at West Alabama
16. Harding (Ark.) 8-1 321 16 D. East Central (Okla.), 41-14 Nov. 15 vs. Arkansas Tech
17. West Chester (Pa.) 9-1 267 18 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 35-24 Nov. 15 at Indiana (Pa.)
18. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 9-1 265 17 D. Upper Iowa, 45-21 Nov. 15 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
19. Colorado School of Mines 9-1 219 19 D. Western St. (Colo.), 35-26 Nov. 15 vs. Adams St. (Colo.)
20. Michigan Tech 8-1 198 20 D. No. 22 Ashland (Ohio), 28-12 Nov. 15 vs. Lake Erie (Ohio)
21. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-1 163 21 D. West Virginia St., 24-10 Nov. 15 vs. No. 12 Concord (W.Va.)
22. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 9-1 136 23 D. Simon Fraser (B.C.), 21-6 Nov. 15 vs. Menlo (Calif.)
23. Indianapolis (Ind.) 9-1 97 25 D. Missouri S&T, 30-12 Nov. 15 vs. William Jewell (Mo.)
24. Texas A&M-Commerce 8-2 49 NR D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 56-49 Nov. 15 vs. Angelo St. (Texas)
25. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 7-2 40 NR D. North Carolina-Pembroke, 36-7 Nov. 15 at Florida Tech

Dropped Out: Carson-Newman (Tenn.) (24), Ashland (Ohio) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Ashland (Ohio), 24; West Georgia, 24; Angelo St. (Texas), 18; Central Oklahoma, 12; Virginia St., 6; Tuskegee (Ala.), 2; American International (Mass.), 1.

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