Bemidji State enters Top 25 poll for first time since 2011
Fresh off of their 45-17 upset of then-No. 6 Minnesota State, Bemidji State (Minn.) jumps into the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since October 17, 2011. The Beavers are ranked No. 24 and sit 2-0 on the season. Northwest Missouri State still holds the top spot with all 30 first-place votes; they are followed by new No. 2 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 3 West Georgia, No. 4 Shepherd (W.Va.) and No. 5 Ashland (Ohio).
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) made the biggest jump this week, moving up eight places to No. 16 after its 38-27 win over then-No. 13 Humboldt State (Calif.), while Minnesota State had the largest drop, falling 15 spots to No. 21.
There are two Top 25 matchups this week, with the first being an important game in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as No. 10 Colorado School of Mines plays host to No. 23 Colorado Mesa. The second matchup sees longtime rivals No. 20 North Alabama hosting No. 22 Valdosta State (Ga.) in Florence, Alabama.
2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 12, 2016
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 2||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (30)||2-0||750||1||D. Washburn (Kan.), 41-7||Sept. 17 vs. Nebraska-Kearney|
|2.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||2-0||690||3||D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 55-7||Sept. 17 vs. Northern Michigan|
|3.||West Georgia||2-0||689||2||D. Miles (Ala.), 29-0||Sept. 17 vs. Delta St. (Miss.)|
|4.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||2-0||649||4||D. Charleston (W.Va.), 38-22||Sept. 17 vs. Virginia-Wise|
|5.||Ashland (Ohio)||2-0||619||5||D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 36-25||Sept. 17 vs. Findlay (Ohio)|
|6.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||2-0||594||7||D. Michigan Tech, 30-28||Sept. 17 at Northwood (Mich.)|
|7.||Texas A&M-Commerce||1-0||553||8||D. Delta St. (Miss.), 40-28||Sept. 17 at Eastern New Mexico|
|8.||Henderson St. (Ark.)||2-0||523||9||D. East Central (Okla.), 34-7||Sept. 17 vs. Northwestern Oklahoma St.|
|9.||Indiana (Pa.)||1-0||517||10||D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 73-42||Sept. 17 at Cheyney (Pa.)|
|10.||Colorado School of Mines||2-0||462||11||D. New Mexico Highlands, 54-14||Sept. 17 vs. No. 23 Colorado Mesa|
|11.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||2-0||460||12||D. West Chester (Pa.), 36-28||Sept. 17 at Lock Haven (Pa.)|
|12.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||1-0||364||14||Idle||Sept. 17 at Texas A&M-Kingsville|
|13.||Tuskegee (Ala.)||2-0||359||15||D. Albany St. (Ga.), 28-18||Sept. 17 vs. Florida A&M|
|14.||Central Missouri||2-0||354||16||D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 34-17||Sept. 17 at Missouri Western St.|
|15.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||2-0||297||17||D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 42-21||Sept. 17 at Minot St. (N.D.)|
|16.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||2-0||251||24||D. No. 13 Humboldt St. (Calif.), 38-27||Sept. 17 at Central Washington|
|17.||Assumption (Mass.)||2-0||244||18||D. Pace (N.Y.), 59-16||Sept. 16 vs. Southern Connecticut St.|
|18.||Augustana (S.D.)||2-0||216||21||D. Mary (N.D.), 63-0||Sept. 17 vs. Minnesota-Crookston|
|19.||Florida Tech||2-0||212||22||D. Mississippi College, 41-0||Sept. 17 at Shorter (Ga.)|
|20.||North Alabama||0-1||196||20||Idle||Sept. 17 vs. No. 22 Valdosta St. (Ga.)|
|21.||Minnesota St.||1-1||144||6||Lost to Bemidji St. (Minn.), 45-17||Sept. 17 at St. Cloud State (Minn.)|
|22.||Valdosta St. (Ga.)||1-0||133||23||Idle||Sept. 17 at No. 20 North Alabama|
|23.||Colorado Mesa||2-0||115||25||D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 47-33||Sept. 17 at No. 10 Colorado School of Mines|
|24.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)||2-0||100||NR||D. No. 6 Minnesota St., 45-17||Sept. 17 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)|
|25.||Humboldt St. (Calif.)||1-1||57||13||Lost to No. 24 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 38-27||Sept. 17 at Simon Fraser (B.C.)|
Dropped Out: Colorado St.-Pueblo (19)
Others Receiving Votes: Harding (Ark.), 52; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 36; North Carolina-Pembroke, 21; Emporia St. (Kan.), 17; Virginia St., 13; Notre Dame (Ohio), 12; California (Pa.), 9; Missouri Western St., 9; McKendree (Ill.), 8; Michigan Tech, 7; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 5; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 5; Hillsdale (Mich.), 3; Minnesota-Duluth, 3; West Chester (Pa.), 1; Wingate (N.C.), 1.