Arkansas Tech in Division II Poll for First Time Since 2009
After a 30-12 victory over then-No. 20 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Arkansas Tech enters the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since December 14, 2009, when they ended that season ranked No. 18. The Wonder Boys are ranked No. 24 with a 5-1 record and sit atop the Great American Conference standings.
The top five remain the same this week with Minnesota State still holding onto the No. 1 spot, but changes in the poll happened from No. 6 on down, thanks to Western Oregon’s upset of then-No. 6 North Alabama, coupled with six other Top 25 losses. North Alabama fell to No. 17 while Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Valdosta State (Ga.), Harding (Ark.) and Wingate (N.C.) all fell out of the Top 25 after their losses this past weekend. Henderson State (Ark.), who beat then-No. 22 Harding (Ark.), jumps into the poll for the first time this year at No. 19. Slippery Rock (Pa.) and Tuskegee (Ala.) also re-enter the poll at No. 20 and No. 23, respectively.
There are four Top 25 matchups this week, with the biggest one being No. 2 West Georiga traveling to No. 15 Delta State (Miss.) as the Wolves try to keep pace with North Alabama for the top spot in the Gulf South Conference.
2015 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 12, 2015
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 6||Next Game|
|1.||Minnesota St. (28)||6-0||795||1||D. Augustana (S.D.), 35-27||Oct. 17 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)|
|2.||West Georgia (4)||6-0||763||2||D. No. 21 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 49-28||Oct. 17 at No. 15 Delta St. (Miss.)|
|3.||Northwest Missouri St.||6-0||737||3||D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 69-0||Oct. 17 at No. 22 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)|
|4.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||5-0||703||4||D. Tiffin (Ohio), 56-21||Oct. 17 vs. Ohio Dominican|
|5.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||6-0||673||5||D. Winona St. (Minn.), 51-30||Oct. 17 at Southwest Minnesota St.|
|6.||Colorado St.-Pueblo||5-1||599||7||D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 45-9||Oct. 17 at Chadron St. (Neb.)|
|7.||Colorado School of Mines||6-0||596||8||D. Western New Mexico, 51-24||Oct. 17 vs. Fort Lewis (Colo.)|
|8.||Ashland (Ohio)||6-0||574||9||D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 33-7||Oct. 17 vs. Hillsdale (Mich.)|
|9.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||5-0||518||10||D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 48-31||Oct. 17 vs. West Virginia St.|
|10.||Humboldt St. (Calif.)||5-0||496||11||D. Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 34-16||Oct. 17 at No. 11 Midwestern St. (Texas)|
|11.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||6-0||464||12||D. West Texas A&M, 24-17||Oct. 17 vs. No. 10 Humboldt St. (Calif.)|
|12.||Michigan Tech||5-0||457||14||D. Northwood (Mich.), 30-14||Oct. 17 at No. 18 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)|
|13.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||6-0||407||18||D. No. 13 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 46-42||Oct. 17 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)|
|14.||Texas A&M-Commerce||5-1||367||15||D. No. 16 Angelo St. (Texas), 38-35||Oct. 17 at West Texas A&M|
|15.||Delta St. (Miss.)||5-1||363||17||D. Shorter (Ga.), 38-17||Oct. 17 vs. No. 2 West Georgia|
|16.||Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)||4-1||323||19||D. Faith (Fla.), 92-0||Oct. 17 vs. Wingate (N.C.)|
|17.||North Alabama||4-1||306||6||Lost to Western Oregon, 24-22||Oct. 17 vs. North Carolina-Pembroke|
|18.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||5-1||256||24||D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 38-17||Oct. 17 vs. No. 12 Michigan Tech|
|19.||Henderson St. (Ark.)||5-1||134||NR||D. No. 22 Harding (Ark.), 22-17||Oct. 17 at Arkansas-Monticello|
|20.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||5-1||131||NR||D. California (Pa.), 56-21||Oct. 17 at Mercyhurst (Pa.)|
|21.||Minnesota-Duluth||4-2||123||25||D. St. Cloud State (Minn.), 34-27||Oct. 17 at Mary (N.D.)|
|22.||Pittsburg St. (Kan.)||4-2||100||13||Lost to No. 18 Emporia St. (Kan.), 46-42||Oct. 17 vs. No. 3 Northwest Missouri St.|
|23.||Tuskegee (Ala.)||5-1||92||NR||D. Morehouse (Ga.), 35-7||Oct 17 vs. Stillman (Ala.)|
|24.||Arkansas Tech||5-1||73||NR||D. No. 20 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 30-12||Oct. 17 at East Central (Okla.)|
|25.||Angelo St. (Texas)||4-2||63||16||Lost to No. 15 Texas A&M-Commerce, 38-35||Oct. 17 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville|
Dropped Out: Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) (20), Valdosta St. (Ga.) (21), Harding (Ark.) (22), Wingate (N.C.) (23)
Others Receiving Votes: Colorado Mesa, 59; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 40; Wingate (N.C.), 40; North Carolina-Pembroke, 37; Charleston (W.Va.), 30; Indianapolis (Ind.), 21; Virginia Union, 16; Central Missouri, 13; Bowie St. (Md.), 10; Clarion (Pa.), 6; Concord (W.Va.), 4; Harding (Ark.), 4; Indiana (Pa.), 2; Southwest Minnesota St., 2; Assumption (Mass.), 1; East Central (Okla.), 1; Missouri Western St., 1.