Northwest Missouri State Still No. 1 in AFCA Poll

Northwest Missouri State had a convincing victory over then-No. 24 Emporia State (Kan.), 41-14, and retained the top spot in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Bearcats received all 30 first-place votes, and are followed by No. 2 West Georgia, No. 3 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 4 Shepherd (W.Va.) and No. 5 Ashland (Ohio).

Colorado School of Mines made the biggest jump in the poll this week, moving up seven spots to No. 11 after its 57-21 victory over then-No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo. With the loss, the ThunderWolves dropped 12 places to No. 19.

There is only one Top 25 matchup this week, and it is an important Great Northwest Athletic Conference battle as No. 13 Humboldt State (Calif.) plays host to No. 24 Azusa Pacific (Calif.).

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 5, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Season OpenerNext Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (30) 1-0 750 1 D. No. 24 Emporia St. (Kan.), 41-14 Sept. 8 vs. Washburn (Kan.)
2. West Georgia 1-0 703 2 D. No. 22 Catawba (N.C.), 23-3 Sept. 10 at Miles (Ala.)
3. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 1-0 687 3 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 45-7 Sept. 10 vs. Lake Erie (Ohio)
4. Shepherd (W.Va.) 1-0 650 4 D. West Virginia Wesleyan, 27-12 Sept. 8 at Charleston (W.Va.)
5. Ashland (Ohio) 1-0 615 6 D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 48-0 Sept. 10 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.)
6. Minnesota St. 1-0 581 7 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 35-7 Sept. 10 vs. Bemidji St. (Minn.)
7. Ferris St. (Mich.) 1-0 493 12 D. Ohio Dominican, 41-0 Sept. 10 at Michigan Tech
8. Texas A&M-Commerce 1-0 481 9t D. Faith (Fla.), 62-0 Sept. 10 at Delta St. (Miss.)
9. Henderson St. (Ark.) 1-0 479 9t D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 13-11 Sept. 10 at East Central (Okla.)
10. Indiana (Pa.) 0-0 474 8 Idle Sept. 10 at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
11. Colorado School of Mines 1-0 449 18 D. No. 5 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 57-21 Sept. 10 at New Mexico Highlands
12. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 1-0 438 11 D. New Haven (Conn.), 31-28 Sept. 10 at West Chester (Pa.)
13. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 1-0 398 13 D. Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 52-45 Sept. 10 vs. No. 24 Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
14. Midwestern St. (Texas) 1-0 376 14 D. Truman St. (Mo.), 31-19 Sept. 17 at Texas A&M-Kingsville
15. Tuskegee (Ala.) 1-0 297 17 D. Clark Atlanta (Ga.), 36-13 Sept. 10 vs. Albany St. (Ga.)
16. Central Missouri 1-0 290 20 D. Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 34-27 Sept. 8 vs. Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
17. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 1-0 207 23 D. St. Cloud State (Minn.), 49-13 Sept. 10 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
18. Assumption (Mass.) 1-0 203 21 D. Kutztown (Pa.), 45-21 Sept. 9 at Pace (N.Y.)
19. Colorado St.-Pueblo 0-1 198 5 Lost to No. 18 Colorado School of Mines, 57-21 Sept. 10 vs. West Texas A&M
20. North Alabama 0-1 189 15 Lost to Jacksonville St. (Ala.), 31-12 Sept. 17 vs. No. 23 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
21. Augustana (S.D.) 1-0 143 25 D. Northern St. (S.D.), 37-34 OT Sept. 10 at Mary (N.D.)
22. Florida Tech 1-0 108 NR D. Newberry (S.C.), 42-28 Sept. 10 vs. Mississippi College
23. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 1-0 104 NR D. Albany St. (Ga.), 16-7 Sept. 17 at No. 20 North Alabama
24. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 1-0 83 NR D. West Texas A&M, 28-10 Sept. 10 at No. 13 Humboldt St. (Calif.)
25. Colorado Mesa 1-0 45 NR D. Western St. (Colo.), 34-14 Sept. 10 vs. Chadron St. (Neb.)

Dropped Out: Indianapolis (Ind.) (16), Minnesota-Duluth (19), Catawba (N.C.) (22), Emporia St. (Kan.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Harding (Ark.), 38; Indianapolis (Ind.), 34; West Chester (Pa.), 34; Western Oregon, 30; Delta St. (Miss.), 27; Minnesota-Duluth, 25; Emporia St. (Kan.), 23; Southwest Minnesota St., 20; Catawba (N.C.), 19; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 13; McKendree (Ill.), 12; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 12; Hillsdale (Mich.), 11; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 9; Michigan Tech, 7; Miles (Ala.), 7; North Carolina-Pembroke, 7; Virginia St., 5; California (Pa.), 2; Arkansas Tech, 1; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 1; Notre Dame (Ohio), 1.

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