Bowie State Makes First Appearance in Division II Poll

Hot off a 57-3 victory over Lincoln (Pa.) to improve their record to 8-1 on the season, Bowie State (Md.) appears in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 25 and, with a win over Elizabeth City State (N.C.) next Saturday, will clinch their spot in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game.

West Georgia still sits in the top spot with 26 first place votes, followed by Northwest Missouri State, Ferris State (Mich.), Colorado State-Pueblo and Ashland (Ohio) rounding out the top five.

The No. 2 Bearcats will participate in one of four Top 25 matchups this coming weekend that will have big conference title implications. Northwest Missouri State plays host to No. 14 Emporia State (Kan.) for sole possession of first place in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The second big matchup is a top 10 showdown as No. 7 Minnesota State travels to No. 8 Sioux Falls (S.D.) with a share of first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division on the line. The top spot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference will be contested in Pueblo, Colorado, as No. 4 Colorado State-Pueblo hosts No. 16 Colorado Mesa, while No. 5 Ashland looks to stay in the catbird seat in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a win over No. 22 Michigan Tech.

2015 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 2, 2015

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 9Next Game
1. West Georgia (25) 9-0 790 1 D. Mississippi College, 38-21 Nov. 7 at Florida Tech
2. Northwest Missouri St. (6) 9-0 772 2 D. Missouri Western St., 24-10 Nov. 7 vs. No. 14t Emporia St. (Kan.)
3. Ferris St. (Mich.) (1) 8-0 733 3 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 70-19 Nov. 7 at Northern Michigan
4. Colorado St.-Pueblo 8-1 685 4 D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 42-10 Nov. 7 vs. No. 16 Colorado Mesa
5. Ashland (Ohio) 9-0 672 5 D. No. 9 Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 45-31 Nov. 7 vs. No. 22 Michigan Tech
6. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-0 638 6 D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 44-10 Nov. 5 at Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
7. Minnesota St. 8-1 619 7 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 55-17 Nov. 7 at No. 8 Sioux Falls (S.D.)
8. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-1 556 10 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 49-0 Nov. 7 vs. No. 7 Minnesota St.
9. Henderson St. (Ark.) 8-1 510 11 D. Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 76-7 Nov. 7 at Oklahoma Baptist
10. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 8-1 473 13 D. Edinboro (Pa.), 52-10 Nov. 7 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
11. Midwestern St. (Texas) 8-1 449 14 D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 49-41 Nov. 7 vs. Eastern New Mexico
12. Texas A&M-Commerce 7-2 423 8 Lost to Sam Houston St. (Texas), 38-24 Nov. 7 vs. Angelo St. (Texas)
13. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 7-1 406 15 D. Simon Fraser (B.C.), 57-0 Nov. 7 at Dixie St. (Utah)
14t. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-1 372 17 D. Washburn (Kan.), 47-21 Nov. 7 at No. 2 Northwest Missouri St.
14t. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-1 372 16 D. Central St. (Ohio), 19-7 Nov. 7 vs. Miles (Ala.)
16. Colorado Mesa 8-1 325 19 D. No. 12 Colorado School of Mines, 31-17 Nov. 7 at No. 4 Colorado St.-Pueblo
17. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 7-2 251 9 Lost to No. 5 Ashland (Ohio), 45-31 Nov. 7 at Tiffin (Ohio)
18. Indianapolis (Ind.) 8-1 240 20 D. William Jewell (Mo.), 63-35 Nov. 7 vs. Missouri S&T
19. North Alabama 6-2 212 21 D. Delta St. (Miss.), 43-17 Nov. 7 at Shorter (Ga.)
20. Charleston (W.Va.) 8-1 170 23 D. West Virginia Wesleyan, 65-21 Nov. 7 vs. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.)
21. Colorado School of Mines 7-2 163 12 Lost to No. 19 Colorado Mesa, 31-17 Nov. 7 vs. Western St. (Colo.)
22. Michigan Tech 6-2 131 22 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 39-38 OT Nov. 7 at No. 5 Ashland (Ohio)
23. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 6-2 128 24 D. West Alabama, 55-28 Nov. 7 at Delta St. (Miss.)
24. Central Missouri 7-2 101 25 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 31-0 Nov. 7 vs. Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
25. Bowie St. (Md.) 8-1 63 NR D. Lincoln (Pa.), 57-3 Nov. 7 at Elizabeth City St. (N.C.)

Dropped Out: Minnesota-Duluth (18)

Others Receiving Votes: Assumption (Mass.), 45; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 28; Virginia Union, 22; Minnesota-Duluth, 19; Augustana (S.D.), 9; Indiana (Pa.), 8; North Greenville (S.C.), 7; Catawba (N.C.), 4; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 3; Arkansas Tech, 1.

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