Big Shake-up in AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll
The AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll looks a little different this week after nine teams in last week’s top 25 were beaten, including three of the top 10. Northwest Missouri State still has the No. 1 spot, followed by Grand Valley State (Mich.), but that is where the similarity ends from last week.
Then-No. 3 West Georgia was beaten by North Alabama, dropping the Wolves to No. 12 and raising the Lions to No. 11. Ashland (Ohio) had the biggest drop, falling from No. 5 to No. 17 after its loss to Tiffin (Ohio), 35-32, while California (Pa.) had the biggest jump, going from No. 24 to No. 15 after its 52-26 win over then-No. 9 Slippery Rock (Pa.). Four new teams enter the poll this week, including Southwest Baptist (Mo.). The Bearcats, who are off to their best start in program history at 5-0, enter the AFCA Top 25 for the first time in school history with a No. 20 ranking.
There will be another shake-up in the poll next week with six top 25 matchups in store. The biggest game is a top 10 battle as No. 7 Midwestern State (Texas) travels to No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce with first place in the Lone Star Conference on the line.
2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 3, 2016
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 5||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (30)||5-0||750||1||D. No. 22 Central Missouri, 42-17||Oct. 8 at Central Oklahoma|
|2.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||5-0||717||2||D. Ohio Dominican, 24-21||Oct. 8 vs. No. 14 Ferris St. (Mich.)|
|3.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||4-0||684||4||Idle||Oct. 8 vs. Glenville St. (W.Va.)|
|4.||Texas A&M-Commerce||4-0||655||6||D. Oklahoma Panhandle St., 35-13||Oct. 8 vs. No. 7 Midwestern St. (Texas)|
|5.||Henderson St. (Ark.)||5-0||623||7||D. Arkansas Tech, 27-20||Oct. 8 vs. No. 16 Harding (Ark.)|
|6.||Indiana (Pa.)||4-0||574||8||D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 47-39||Oct. 8 at No. 15 California (Pa.)|
|7.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||4-0||564||10||D. Western New Mexico, 43-22||Oct. 8 at No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce|
|8.||Tuskegee (Ala.)||5-0||528||11||D. No. 21 North Carolina-Pembroke, 21-16||Oct. 8 at Morehouse (Ga.)|
|9.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||5-0||474||12||D. No. 25 Augustana (S.D.), 35-20||Oct. 8 vs. Southwest Minnesota St.|
|10.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||5-0||436||14||D. Western Oregon, 31-2||Oct. 8 at Colorado School of Mines|
|11.||North Alabama||3-1||421||18||D. No. 3 West Georgia, 24-23||Oct. 8 at No. 23 Florida Tech|
|12.||West Georgia||4-1||387||3||Lost to No. 18 North Alabama, 24-23||Oct. 8 at No. 25t Valdosta St. (Ga.)|
|13.||Colorado Mesa||5-0||380||17||D. Colorado St.-Pueblo, 20-19||Oct. 8 at Black Hills St. (S.D.)|
|14.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||4-1||352||13||D. Findlay (Ohio), 20-17||Oct. 8 at No. 2 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)|
|15.||California (Pa.)||4-0||315||24||D. No. 9 Slippery Rock (Pa.), 52-26||Oct. 8 vs. No. 6 Indiana (Pa.)|
|16.||Harding (Ark.)||5-0||312||20||D. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 24-20||Oct. 8 at No. 5 Henderson St. (Ark.)|
|17.||Ashland (Ohio)||4-1||305||5||Lost to Tiffin (Ohio), 35-32||Oct. 8 vs. Northwood (Mich.)|
|18.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||4-1||208||23||D. Central Oklahoma, 35-21||Oct. 8 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)|
|19.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||4-1||185||9||Lost to No. 24 California (Pa.), 52-26||Oct. 8 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.)|
|20.||Southwest Baptist (Mo.)||5-0||148||NR||D. McKendree (Ill.), 35-7||Oct. 8 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)|
|21.||LIU-Post (N.Y.)||5-0||134||NR||D. No. 15 Assumption (Mass.), 19-18||Oct. 8 vs. St. Anselm (N.H.)|
|22.||Assumption (Mass.)||4-1||94||15||Lost to LIU-Post (N.Y.), 19-18||Oct. 7 at Bentley (Mass.)|
|23.||Florida Tech||4-1||90||16||Lost to West Florida, 42-39||Oct. 8 vs. No. 11 North Alabama|
|24.||North Carolina-Pembroke||4-1||81||21||Lost to No. 11 Tuskegee (Ala.), 21-16||Oct. 8 at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)|
|25t.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)||4-1||73||NR||D. Mary (N.D.), 52-3||Oct. 8 vs. Northern St. (S.D.)|
|25t.||Valdosta St. (Ga.)||3-1||73||NR||D. Kentucky St., 48-10||Oct. 8 vs. No. 12 West Georgia|
Dropped Out: Minnesota St. (19), Central Missouri (22), Augustana (S.D.) (25).
Others Receiving Votes: Wayne St. (Mich.), 64; Minnesota-Duluth, 55; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 39; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 8; Central Missouri, 5; Notre Dame (Ohio), 5; Bloomsburg (Pa.), 4; Newberry (S.C.), 4; Southern Arkansas, 2; Colorado School of Mines, 1.