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
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Season Opener||Next 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.