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

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 6Next 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.

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