Another Big Shake-up in the AFCA Division II Top 25
The AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll was jumbled up for a second straight week after eight teams in last week’s top 25 were beaten, including three of the top 10 again. The top three were unchanged as Northwest Missouri State, Grand Valley State (Mich.) and Shepherd (W.Va.) are joined by Midwestern State (Texas) and Tuskegee (Ala.), to round out the top five. The Mustangs used a last minute drive to beat then-No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce, 26-25, while Tuskegee dispatched rival Morehouse (Ga.), 28-19. This is the Golden Tigers highest ranking in the AFCA poll, having been as high as No. 7 in 2001 and 2002.
California (Pa.) and Harding (Ark.) made the biggest jumps in the poll this week, with each moving up eights spots. The No. 7 Vulcans handed then-No. 6 Indiana (Pa.) a 31-28 loss, while the No. 8 Bisons forced six turnovers in a 35-3 victory over then-No. 5 Henderson State (Ark.). New No. 25 Wayne State (Mich.) jumps into the poll for the first time since October 8, 2012. The Warriors are 5-1 on the season after a 37-21 win over Findlay (Ohio).
There is only one top 25 matchup this coming weekend as No. 13 Indiana (Pa.) plays host to No. 16 Slippery Rock (Pa.).
2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 10, 2016
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 6||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (30)||6-0||750||1||D. Central Oklahoma, 56-10||Oct. 15 vs. Northeastern St. (Okla.)|
|2.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||6-0||717||2||D. No. 14 Ferris St. (Mich.), 35-23||Oct. 15 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)|
|3.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||5-0||686||3||D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 38-7||Oct. 15 at West Virginia St.|
|4.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||5-0||665||7||D. No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce, 26-25||Oct. 15 vs. Angelo St. (Texas)|
|5.||Tuskegee (Ala.)||6-0||613||8||D. Morehouse (Ga.), 28-19||Oct. 22 vs. Kentucky St.|
|6.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||6-0||588||9||D. Southwest Minnesota St., 48-28||Oct. 15 at Winona St. (Minn.)|
|7.||California (Pa.)||5-0||542||15||D. No. 6 Indiana (Pa.), 31-28||Oct. 15 at Clarion (Pa.)|
|8.||Harding (Ark.)||6-0||514||16||D. No. 5 Henderson St. (Ark.), 35-3||Oct. 15 vs. Southeastern Oklahoma St.|
|9.||Texas A&M-Commerce||4-1||485||4||Lost to No. 7 Midwestern St. (Texas), 26-25||Oct. 15 at Western New Mexico|
|10.||North Alabama||3-1||459||11||Game cancelled due to weather||Oct. 15 vs. Shorter (Ga.)|
|11.||Ashland (Ohio)||5-1||428||17||D. Northwood (Mich.), 45-7||Oct. 15 at Lake Erie (Ohio)|
|12.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||5-1||364||18||D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 47-27||Oct. 15 vs. Lindenwood (Mo.)|
|13.||Indiana (Pa.)||4-1||358||6||Lost to No. 15 California (Pa.), 31-28||Oct. 15 vs. No. 16 Slippery Rock (Pa.)|
|14.||LIU-Post (N.Y.)||6-0||339||21||D. St. Anselm (N.H.), 63-20||Oct. 15 at Southern Connecticut St.|
|15.||Henderson St. (Ark.)||5-1||319||5||Lost to No. 16 Harding (Ark.), 35-3||Oct. 15 vs. Arkansas-Monticello|
|16.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||5-1||304||19||D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 37-25||Oct. 15 at No. 13 Indiana (Pa.)|
|17.||Valdosta St. (Ga.)||4-1||253||25t||D. No. 12 West Georgia, 38-27||Oct. 15 at Mississippi College|
|18.||Assumption (Mass.)||5-1||200||22||D. Bentley (Mass.), 42-7||Oct. 14 vs. St. Anselm (N.H.)|
|19.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||5-1||179||10||Lost to Colorado School of Mines, 27-23||Oct. 15 vs. Humboldt St. (Calif.)|
|20.||Florida Tech||4-1||149||23||Game cancelled due to weather||Oct. 15 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.)|
|21.||North Carolina-Pembroke||5-1||148||24||D. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 36-20||Oct. 15 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan|
|22.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)||5-1||132||25t||D. Northern St. (S.D.), 31-28 OT||Oct. 15 vs. Minot St. (N.D.)|
|23.||Colorado Mesa||5-1||118||13||Lost to Black Hills St. (S.D.), 48-34||Oct. 15 vs. Dixie St. (Utah)|
|24.||West Georgia||4-2||90||12||Lost to No. 25t Valdosta St. (Ga.), 38-27||Oct. 15 vs. West Alabama|
|25.||Wayne St. (Mich.)||5-1||85||NR||D. Findlay (Ohio), 37-21||Oct. 15 vs. Walsh (Ohio)|
Dropped Out: Ferris St. (Mich.) (14), Southwest Baptist (Mo.) (20).
Others Receiving Votes: Ferris St. (Mich.), 76; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 48; Minnesota-Duluth, 46; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 24; Newberry (S.C.), 23; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 14; Black Hills St. (S.D.), 9; Colorado School of Mines, 9; Truman St. (Mo.), 9; Southern Arkansas, 4; Notre Dame (Ohio), 2; Central Missouri, 1.