Northwest Missouri State Moves Up To No. 1 in AFCA Poll

Thanks to Florida Tech’s upset victory over then-No. 1 West Georgia, Northwest Missouri State moves into the top spot for the first time since October 13, 2014. The Bearcats beat then-No. 14 Emporia State (Kan.), 44-10, to clinch their third straight Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title. Ferris State (Mich.) and Ashland (Ohio) both move up one spot each to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, which is each program’s highest ever ranking in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Colorado State-Pueblo and Shepherd (W.Va.) round out the top five.

Colorado School of Mines and Michigan Tech dropped out of the poll this week, allowing two new teams to enter. Assumption (Mass.) is ranked in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in school history, coming in at No. 23 with a 9-1 record and facing New Haven (Conn.) next Saturday for the Northeast-10 Conference title. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) jumps into the poll at No. 25 for the first time this season. The Eagles are 8-2 and will host Tusculum (Tenn.) in their final regular season game.

There is only one Top 25 matchup in the final week of the 2015 regular season, and it is for the Lone Star Conference football playoff title as No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce hosts No. 10 Midwestern State (Texas).

2015 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 9, 2015

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 10Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (29) 10-0 796 2 D. No. 14t Emporia St. (Kan.), 44-10 Nov. 14 at Washburn (Kan.)
2. Ferris St. (Mich.) (2) 9-0 768 3 D. Northern Michigan, 49-39 Nov. 14 vs. Walsh (Ohio)
3. Ashland (Ohio) (1) 10-0 712 5 D. No. 22 Michigan Tech, 40-14 Regular Season Complete
4. Colorado St.-Pueblo 9-1 711 4 D. No. 16 Colorado Mesa, 51-20 Nov. 14 at New Mexico Highlands
5. Shepherd (W.Va.) 9-0 672 6 D. Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 41-14 Nov. 14 vs. Urbana (Ohio)
6. Minnesota St. 9-1 636 7 D. No. 8 Sioux Falls (S.D.), 44-3 Nov. 14 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
7. West Georgia 9-1 568 1 Lost to Florida Tech, 28-26 Nov. 14 vs. Shorter (Ga.)
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) 9-1 566 9 D. Oklahoma Baptist, 22-14 Nov. 14 at Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
9. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 9-1 552 10 D. Clarion (Pa.), 65-13 Nov. 14 at West Chester (Pa.)
10. Midwestern St. (Texas) 9-1 520 11 D. Eastern New Mexico, 26-21 Nov. 14 at No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce
11. Texas A&M-Commerce 8-2 449 12 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 36-35 Nov. 14 vs. No. 10 Midwestern St. (Texas)
12. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 8-1 444 13 D. Dixie St. (Utah), 57-14 Nov. 14 at Western Oregon
13. Indianapolis (Ind.) 9-1 376 18 D. Missouri S&T, 38-14 Nov. 14 at St. Joseph’s (Ind.)
14. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-2 364 17 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 49-42 Nov. 14 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
15. North Alabama 7-2 319 19 D. Shorter (Ga.), 28-7 Nov. 14 vs. West Alabama
16. Charleston (W.Va.) 9-1 312 20 D. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.), 56-21 Nov. 14 at Virginia-Wise
17. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-2 274 8 Lost to No. 7 Minnesota St., 44-3 Nov. 14 at Upper Iowa
18. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 7-2 224 23 D. Delta St. (Miss.), 40-34 3OT Nov. 14 vs. Florida Tech
19. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-2 212 14 Lost to No. 2 Northwest Missouri St., 44-10 Nov. 14 vs. Nebraska-Kearney
20. Central Missouri 8-2 199 24 D. Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 34-6 Nov. 14 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
21. Colorado Mesa 8-2 157 16 Lost to No. 4 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 51-20 Nov. 14 at Western St. (Colo.)
22. Bowie St. (Md.) 9-1 148 25 D. Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 63-42 Nov. 14 vs. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)
23. Assumption (Mass.) 9-1 116 NR D. Stonehill (Mass.), 28-14 Nov. 14 vs. New Haven (Conn.)
24. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-2 93 15 Lost to Miles (Ala.), 26-23 Regular Season Complete
25. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 8-2 78 NR D. North Greenville (S.C.), 48-45 Nov. 14 vs. Tusculum (Tenn.)

Dropped Out: Colorado School of Mines (21), Michigan Tech (22)

Others Receiving Votes: Augustana (S.D.), 44; Catawba (N.C.), 36; Virginia Union, 20; Indiana (Pa.), 18; Florida Tech, 8; Michigan Tech, 4; North Greenville (S.C.), 2; McKendree (Ill.), 1; Western Oregon, 1.

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