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

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 4Next 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.

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