West Georgia Ranked No. 1 for First Time in AFCA Poll

There is a new No. 1 team in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, and for the first time in program history, it is the Wolves of the University of West Georgia. Thanks to Winona State’s (Minn.) upset win over then-No. 1 Minnesota State, West Georgia moves into the top spot after its 31-10 victory over then-No. 13 North Alabama. The Wolves earned 25 first-place votes, followed by new No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, who picked up six first-place nods. Ferris State (Mich.), Colorado State-Pueblo and Ashland round out the top five.

Every team in the Top 25 changed places this week thanks to 10 teams losing in the Top 25 on Saturday. Ferris State has achieved its highest ever ranking in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, coming in at No. 3 this week, as well as Texas A&M-Commerce, who jumped three spots to No. 8. Both Charleston (W.Va.) and Central Missouri make their first appearance in the poll this year, with the Golden Eagles ranked No. 23 and the Mules at No. 25. There are only five undefeated teams left in Division II, and one of those teams, No. 5 Ashland, puts its 8-0 record on the line next week as they host No. 9 Grand Valley State (Mich.) in a key Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest.

2015 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 26, 2015

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 8Next Game
1. West Georgia (25) 8-0 792 2 D. No. 13 North Alabama, 31-10 Oct. 31 at Mississippi College
2. Northwest Missouri St. (6) 8-0 771 3 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 45-24 Oct. 31 at Missouri Western St.
3. Ferris St. (Mich.) (1) 7-0 735 4 D. No. 17 Michigan Tech, 24-14 Oct. 31 at Lake Erie (Ohio)
4. Colorado St.-Pueblo 7-1 687 6 D. No. 7 Colorado School of Mines, 49-21 Oct. 31 at Black Hills St. (S.D.)
5. Ashland (Ohio) 8-0 666 8 D. Northern Michigan, 41-40 Oct. 31 vs. No. 9 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
6. Shepherd (W.Va.) 7-0 633 9 D. Concord (W.Va.), 35-28 Oct. 31 vs. West Liberty (W.Va.)
7. Minnesota St. 7-1 572 1 Lost to Winona St. (Minn.), 31-27 Oct. 31 at Southwest Minnesota St.
8. Texas A&M-Commerce 7-1 568 11 D. No. 10 Midwestern St. (Texas), 27-14 Oct. 31 at Sam Houston St. (Texas)
9. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 7-1 552 12 D. Findlay (Ohio), 52-7 Oct. 31 at No. 5 Ashland (Ohio)
10. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 7-1 443 5 Lost to Augustana (S.D.), 35-28 Oct. 31 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
11. Henderson St. (Ark.) 7-1 432 14 D. Southern Arkansas, 29-28 Oct. 31 vs. Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
12. Colorado School of Mines 7-1 431 7 Lost to No. 6 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 49-21 Oct. 31 at No. 19 Colorado Mesa
13. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 7-1 426 15 D. Indiana (Pa.), 40-39 Oct. 31 at Edinboro (Pa.)
14. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-1 397 10 Lost to No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce, 27-14 Oct. 31 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville
15. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 6-1 355 16 D. Central Washington, 42-17 Oct. 31 vs. Simon Fraser (B.C.)
16. Tuskegee (Ala.) 7-1 320 18 D. Kentucky St., 38-28 Oct. 31 vs. Central St. (Ohio)
17. Emporia St. (Kan.) 7-1 311 19 D. Missouri Western St., 17-3 Oct. 31 vs. Washburn (Kan.)
18. Minnesota-Duluth 6-2 232 20 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 66-17 Oct. 31 at Northern St. (S.D.)
19. Colorado Mesa 7-1 220 23 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 21-13 Oct. 31 vs. No. 12 Colorado School of Mines
20. Indianapolis (Ind.) 7-1 168 NR D. Lincoln (Mo.), 41-18 Oct. 31 at William Jewell (Mo.)
21. North Alabama 5-2 163 13 Lost to No. 2 West Georgia, 31-10 Oct. 31 vs. Delta St. (Miss.)
22. Michigan Tech 5-2 140 17 Lost to No. 4 Ferris St. (Mich.), 24-14 Oct. 31 vs. Tiffin (Ohio)
23. Charleston (W.Va.) 7-1 124 NR D. Urbana (Ohio), 37-12 Oct. 29 vs. West Virginia Wesleyan
24. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 5-2 47 NR D. Shorter (Ga.), 37-22 Oct. 31 vs. West Alabama
25. Central Missouri 6-2 43 NR D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 54-10 Oct. 31 at Lindenwood (Mo.)

Dropped Out: Wingate (N.C.) (21), Delta St. (Miss.) (22), Angelo St. (Texas) (24), Clarion (Pa.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Assumption (Mass.), 39; Bowie St. (Md.), 33; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 29; Clarion (Pa.), 18; Wingate (N.C.), 12; Augustana (S.D.), 11; Indiana (Pa.), 10; Harding (Ark.), 6; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 5; Catawba (N.C.), 4; Southwest Minnesota St., 2; North Greenville (S.C.), 1; Virginia Union, 1; West Alabama, 1.

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