Minnesota State-Mankato Ends Regular Season at No. 1

For the second year in a row, Minnesota State-Mankato ends the regular season at No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Mavericks are 11-0 and have a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs. No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth also finished the regular season at 11-0 and hosts No. 6 Northwest Missouri State in the first round. No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) and No. 4 Ferris State (Mich.) are also undefeated entering the post-season, with each having first-round byes. Pittsburg State (Kan.) rounds out the Top 5, and will host No. 13 Harding (Ark.) in the first round.

Twenty-one of the Top 25 teams in the final regular season poll earned a spot in the Division II playoffs. No. 7 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), No. 8 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 10 Concord (W.Va.), No. 11 Delta State (Miss.) and No. 14 Bloomsburg (Pa.) were the other five teams that received first-round byes.

Shepherd (W.Va.), Indianapolis (Ind.) and Texas A&M-Commerce all fell out of the rankings this week, making room for newcomers Angelo State (Texas) and Virginia State, who are both ranked at No. 23. The Rams haven’t been ranked since October 5, 2009, while Virginia State makes its first appearance since the final regular season poll of 2013. West Georgia rounds out the Top 25.

2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 17, 2014

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 10Next Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (29) 11-0 771 1 D. Upper Iowa, 45-14 Nov. 29 vs. Opponent TBD
2. Minnesota-Duluth 11-0 734 2 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 56-0 Nov. 22 vs. No. 6 Northwest Missouri St.
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) (1) 11-0 713 3 D. Catawba (N.C.), 27-21 Nov. 29 vs. Opponent TBD
4. Ferris St. (Mich.) (1) 11-0 688 4 D. Walsh (Ohio), 46-42 Nov. 29 vs. Opponent TBD
5. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 10-1 640 6 D. Central Oklahoma, 41-14 Nov. 22 vs. No. 13 Harding (Ark.)
6. Northwest Missouri St. 10-1 607 7 D. Washburn (Kan.), 31-14 Nov. 22 at No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth
7. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 10-0 575 9 D. No. 14 Henderson St. (Ark.), 41-20 Nov. 29 vs. Opponent TBD
8. Colorado St.-Pueblo 10-1 569 8 D. New Mexico Highlands, 44-21 Nov. 29 vs. Opponent TBD
9. Ohio Dominican 9-1 499 11 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 41-9 Nov. 22 at No. 17 Colorado School of Mines
10. Concord (W.Va.) 11-0 496 12 D. No. 21 Shepherd (W.Va.), 23-20 OT Nov. 29 vs. Opponent TBD
11. Delta St. (Miss.) 9-1 444 13 D. Mississippi College, 27-3 Nov. 29 vs. Opponent TBD
12. North Alabama 9-1 410 15 D. West Alabama, 24-16 Nov. 22 vs. No. 21 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
13. Harding (Ark.) 9-1 378 16 D. Arkansas Tech, 41-7 Nov. 22 at No. 5 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
14. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-1 364 5 Lost to Slippery Rock (Pa.), 28-26 Nov. 29 vs. Opponent TBD
15. West Chester (Pa.) 10-1 356 17 D. Indiana (Pa.), 28-17 Nov. 22 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
16. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 10-1 332 18 D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 63-28 Dec. 6 vs. Central Oklahoma
17. Colorado School of Mines 10-1 283 19 D. Adams St. (Colo.), 49-34 Nov. 22 vs. No. 9 Ohio Dominican
18. Michigan Tech 9-1 275 20 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 59-14 Nov. 22 vs. No. 23t Angelo St. (Texas)
19. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 10-1 212 22 D. Menlo (Calif.), 54-0 Season Complete
20. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 9-2 135 10 Lost to Virginia St., 21-17 Season Complete
21. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 8-2 132 25 D. Florida Tech, 31-29 Nov. 22 at No. 12 North Alabama
22. Henderson St. (Ark.) 9-2 122 14 Lost to No. 9 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 41-20 Dec. 6 vs. Opponent TBD
23t. Angelo St. (Texas) 8-2 72 NR D. No. 24 Texas A&M-Commerce, 35-33 Nov. 22 at No. 18 Michigan Tech
23t. Virginia St. 9-2 72 NR D. No. 10 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 21-17 Nov. 22 vs. LIU Post (N.Y.)
25. West Georgia 9-2 58 NR D. Shorter (Ga.), 31-17 Nov. 22 at Tuskegee (Ala.)

Dropped Out: Shepherd (W.Va.) (21), Indianapolis (Ind.) (23), Texas A&M-Commerce (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Shepherd (W.Va.), 49; Ashland (Ohio), 31; Texas A&M-Commerce, 16; Tuskegee (Ala.), 16; Indianapolis (Ind.), 9; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 6; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 6; Central Oklahoma, 4; Albany St. (Ga.), 1.

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