Not Much Change in AFCA Division II Top 25 Poll
With only two losses in the Top 25 this past weekend, there was very little change in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The top five remained the same with Northwest Missouri State still sitting No. 1 with all 30 first-place votes, followed by Grand Valley State (Mich.), West Georgia, Shepherd (W.Va.) and Ashland (Ohio).
Colorado Mesa was the big mover in the poll, but it took two overtimes for them to beat then-No. 10 Colorado School of Mines, 41-40, which vaulted the Mavericks to No. 18, while the Orediggers fell 13 places to No. 23. Valdosta State (Ga.) was the only team that fell out of this week’s rankings after its loss to No. 19t North Alabama, 44-19, allowing Harding (Ark.) to move into the poll at No. 25. The Bison are 3-0 and one of the top teams in the Great American Conference.
There are only two Top 25 matchups again this week, with the first being a big game in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as No. 5 Ashland travels to No. 7 Ferris State (Mich.) to see who remains in the driver’s seat for the conference title. The second matchup has No. 14 Sioux Falls (S.D.) hosting No. 22 Bemidji State (Minn.).
2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 19, 2016
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 2||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (30)||3-0||750||1||D. Nebraska-Kearney, 52-14||Sept. 24 at Missouri Southern St.|
|2.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||3-0||713||2||D. Northern Michigan, 50-24||Sept. 24 at Walsh (Ohio)|
|3.||West Georgia||3-0||687||3||D. Delta St. (Miss.), 34-24||Sept. 24 at Albany St. (Ga.)|
|4.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||3-0||655||4||D. Virginia-Wise, 64-13||Sept. 24 at Notre Dame (Ohio)|
|5.||Ashland (Ohio)||3-0||627||5||D. Findlay (Ohio), 35-3||Sept. 24 at No. 7 Ferris St. (Mich.)|
|6.||Texas A&M-Commerce||2-0||566||7||D. Eastern New Mexico, 49-10||Sept. 24 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville|
|7.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||3-0||550||6||D. Northwood (Mich.), 27-26||Sept. 24 vs. No. 5 Ashland (Ohio)|
|8.||Henderson St. (Ark.)||3-0||539||8||D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 62-23||Sept. 24 at Southwestern Oklahoma St.|
|9.||Indiana (Pa.)||2-0||493||9||D. Cheyney (Pa.), 55-0||Sept. 24 at Edinboro (Pa.)|
|10.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||3-0||476||11||D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 59-23||Sept. 24 vs. Gannon (Pa.)|
|11.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||2-0||426||12||D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 32-30||Sept. 24 vs. Oklahoma Panhandle St.|
|12.||Tuskegee (Ala.)||3-0||386||13||D. Florida A&M, 20-17||Sept. 24 vs. Lane (Tenn.)|
|13.||Central Missouri||3-0||376||14||D. Missouri Western St., 38-34||Sept. 24 vs. Emporia St. (Kan.)|
|14.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||3-0||333||15||D. Minot St. (N.D.), 41-14||Sept. 24 vs. No. 22 Bemidji St. (Minn.)|
|15.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||3-0||309||16||D. Central Washington, 27-17||Sept. 24 vs. Simon Fraser (B.C.)|
|16.||Augustana (S.D.)||3-0||268||18||D. Minnesota-Crookston, 56-3||Sept. 24 at Minnesota-Duluth|
|17.||Assumption (Mass.)||3-0||256||17||D. Southern Connecticut St., 35-13||Sept. 24 at Merrimack (Mass.)|
|18.||Colorado Mesa||3-0||255||23||D. No. 10 Colorado School of Mines, 41-40 2OT||Sept. 24 at Fort Lewis (Colo.)|
|19t.||Florida Tech||3-0||233||19||D. Shorter (Ga.), 40-0||Sept. 24 at Presbyterian (S.C.)|
|19t.||North Alabama||1-1||233||20||D. No. 22 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 44-19||Sept. 24 at West Alabama|
|21.||Minnesota St.||2-1||135||21||D. St. Cloud State (Minn.), 45-12||Sept. 24 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead|
|22.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)||3-0||126||24||D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 45-17||Sept. 24 at No. 14 Sioux Falls (S.D.)|
|23.||Colorado School of Mines||2-1||125||10||Lost to No. 23 Colorado Mesa, 41-40 2OT||Sept. 24 at Western St. (Colo.)|
|24.||Humboldt St. (Calif.)||2-1||71||25||D. Simon Fraser (B.C.), 56-24||Sept. 24 vs. Western Oregon|
|25.||Harding (Ark.)||3-0||49||NR||D. Southern Arkansas, 35-14||Sept. 24 at Arkansas-Monticello|
Dropped Out: Valdosta St. (Ga.) (22)
Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina-Pembroke, 28; Emporia St. (Kan.), 20; California (Pa.), 15; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 9; Wingate (N.C.), 8; Notre Dame (Ohio), 7; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 7; West Texas A&M, 7; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 4; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 4; Virginia St., 4.