UNC-Pembroke and California (Pa.) Enter AFCA D-II Poll
After six top 25 upsets this past weekend, the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll changed a bit with three new teams entering the top 25, including North Carolina-Pembroke and California (Pa.). Neither of those teams have been in the rankings since 2014, with the Braves last appearance on August 18, 2014, and the Vulcans on October 27, 2014.
The top 10 was relatively unchanged, other than then-No. 7 Ferris State (Mich.) falling to No. 13 after its loss to No. 5 Ashland (Ohio). Northwest Missouri State still sits at No. 1, followed by Grand Valley State (Mich.), West Georgia, Shepherd (W.Va.) and Ashland rounding out the top five.
The AFCA Top 25 could become more clear – or cloudy, depending on how you look at it – after this coming weekend with five top 25 matchups on tap. The first matchup is a neutral site contest at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City as No. 1 Northwest Missouri State plays No. 22 Central Missouri. Two other intriguing matchups include No. 3 West Georgia traveling to No. 18 North Alabama and No. 11 Tuskegee (Ala.) hosting No. 21 North Carolina-Pembroke.
2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 26, 2016
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 4||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (30)||4-0||750||1||D. Missouri Southern St., 45-21||Oct. 1 vs. No. 22 Central Missouri|
|2.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||4-0||713||2||D. Walsh (Ohio), 38-0||Oct. 1 at Ohio Dominican|
|3.||West Georgia||4-0||658||3||D. Albany St. (Ga.), 27-23||Oct. 1 at No. 18 North Alabama|
|4.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||4-0||637||4||D. Notre Dame (Ohio), 38-17||Oct. 8 vs. Glenville St. (W.Va.)|
|5.||Ashland (Ohio)||4-0||622||5||D. No. 7 Ferris St. (Mich.), 39-31||Oct. 1 at Tiffin (Ohio)|
|6.||Texas A&M-Commerce||3-0||586||6||D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 38-36||Oct. 1 at Oklahoma Panhandle St.|
|7.||Henderson St. (Ark.)||4-0||563||8||D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 45-17||Oct. 1 at Arkansas Tech|
|8.||Indiana (Pa.)||3-0||533||9||D. Edinboro (Pa.), 56-28||Oct. 1 vs. Seton Hill (Pa.)|
|9.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||4-0||511||10||D. Gannon (Pa.), 34-13||Oct. 1 at No. 24 California (Pa.)|
|10.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||3-0||458||11||D. Oklahoma Panhandle St., 42-24||Oct. 1 at Western New Mexico|
|11.||Tuskegee (Ala.)||4-0||424||12||D. Lane (Tenn.), 38-7||Oct. 1 vs. No. 21 North Carolina-Pembroke|
|12.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||4-0||386||14||D. No. 22 Bemidji St. (Minn.), 37-36||Oct. 1 at No. 25 Augustana (S.D.)|
|13.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||3-1||374||7||Lost to No. 5 Ashland (Ohio), 39-31||Oct. 1 at Findlay (Ohio)|
|14.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||4-0||365||15||D. Simon Fraser (B.C.), 64-14||Oct. 1 at Western Oregon|
|15.||Assumption (Mass.)||4-0||325||17||D. Merrimack (Mass.), 55-23||Oct. 1 vs. LIU-Post (N.Y.)|
|16.||Florida Tech||4-0||302||19||D. Presbyterian (S.C.), 28-7||Oct. 1 at West Florida|
|17.||Colorado Mesa||4-0||289||18||D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 34-28||Oct. 1 vs. Colorado St.-Pueblo|
|18.||North Alabama||2-1||261||20||D. West Alabama, 45-7||Oct. 1 vs. No. 3 West Georgia|
|19.||Minnesota St.||3-1||178||21||D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 28-14||Oct. 1 at Winona St. (Minn.)|
|20.||Harding (Ark.)||4-0||172||25||D. Arkansas-Monticello, 57-7||Oct. 1 vs. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)|
|21.||North Carolina-Pembroke||4-0||123||NR||D. North Greenville (S.C.), 49-35||Oct. 1 at No. 11 Tuskegee (Ala.)|
|22.||Central Missouri||3-1||116||13||Lost to Emporia St. (Kan.), 37-31 2OT||Oct. 1 vs. No. 1 Northwest Missouri St.|
|23.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||3-1||97||NR||D. No. 13 Central Missouri, 37-31 2OT||Oct. 1 vs. Central Oklahoma|
|24.||California (Pa.)||3-0||71||NR||D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 59-17||Oct. 1 vs. No. 9 Slippery Rock (Pa.)|
|25.||Augustana (S.D.)||3-1||48||16||Lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 41-38||Oct. 1 vs. No. 12 Sioux Falls (S.D.)|
Dropped Out: Bemidji St. (Minn.) (22), Colorado School of Mines (23), Humboldt St. (Calif.) (24).
Others Receiving Votes: Bemidji St. (Minn.), 40; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 37; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 32; West Texas A&M, 32; Wayne St. (Mich.), 20; LIU-Post (N.Y.), 8; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 6; Minnesota-Duluth, 3; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 2; McKendree (Ill.), 2; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 2; Colorado School of Mines, 1; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 1; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 1; Western St. (Colo.), 1.