Fairmont State Enters AFCA Top 25 For First Time Since 2001
There wasn’t much movement in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll this week, other than at the bottom. Slippery Rock (Pa.), Colorado Mesa and West Georgia fell out, allowing Fairmont State (W.Va.), Minnesota-Duluth and Ferris State (Mich.) to enter in the bottom three spots. The No. 23 ranking for Fairmont State is the program’s first since September 4, 2001, when they were also ranked No. 23. The Falcons are off to their first 7-0 start since 1967.
The top 10 is pratically the same, other than Harding (Ark.) and California (Pa.) flip-flopping spots. Northwest Missouri State still sits No. 1 with all 30 first-place votes. They are followed by No. 2 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.), No. 4 Midwestern State (Texas) and No. 5 Tuskegee (Ala.).
There is only one top 25 matchup this coming weekend as No. 21 Bemidji State (Minn.) travels to No. 24 Minnesota-Duluth, with the winner having a big edge in who decides the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division.
2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 17, 2016
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 7||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (30)||7-0||750||1||D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 74-29||Oct. 22 at Lindenwood (Mo.)|
|2.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||7-0||717||2||D. Truman St. (Mo.), 41-3||Oct. 22 at Hillsdale (Mich.)|
|3.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||6-0||689||3||D. West Virginia St., 70-24||Oct. 22 vs. Concord (W.Va.)|
|4.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||6-0||660||4||D. Angelo St. (Texas), 28-21||Oct. 22 at West Texas A&M|
|5.||Tuskegee (Ala.)||6-0||619||5||Idle||Oct. 22 vs. Kentucky St.|
|6.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||7-0||596||6||D. Winona St. (Minn.), 41-30||Oct. 22 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)|
|7.||Harding (Ark.)||7-0||537||8||D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 63-17||Oct. 20 at East Central (Okla.)|
|8.||California (Pa.)||6-0||536||7||D. Clarion (Pa.), 48-20||Oct. 22 vs. Gannon (Pa.)|
|9.||Texas A&M-Commerce||5-1||496||9||D. Western New Mexico, 38-24||Oct. 22 at Angelo St. (Texas)|
|10.||North Alabama||4-1||494||10||D. Shorter (Ga.), 45-0||Oct. 22 vs. North Greenville (S.C.)|
|11.||Ashland (Ohio)||6-1||458||11||D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 63-6||Oct. 22 at Kentucky Wesleyan|
|12.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||6-1||390||12||D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 35-28||Oct. 22 at Pittsburg St. (Kan.)|
|13.||Indiana (Pa.)||5-1||387||13||D. No. 16 Slippery Rock (Pa.), 48-19||Oct. 22 vs. Clarion (Pa.)|
|14.||LIU-Post (N.Y.)||7-0||343||14||D. Southern Connecticut St., 30-23||Oct. 22 vs. American International (Mass.)|
|15.||Henderson St. (Ark.)||6-1||333||15||D. Arkansas-Monticello, 45-17||Oct. 22 at Southern Arkansas|
|16.||Valdosta St. (Ga.)||5-1||294||17||D. Mississippi College, 42-41||Oct. 22 vs. Delta St. (Miss.)|
|17.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||6-1||239||19||D. Humboldt St. (Calif.), 45-13||Oct. 22 at Simon Fraser (B.C.)|
|18.||Assumption (Mass.)||6-1||230||18||D. St. Anselm (N.H.), 39-14||Oct. 22 at New Haven (Conn.)|
|19.||Florida Tech||5-1||203||20||D. Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 48-14||Oct. 22 at West Alabama|
|20.||North Carolina-Pembroke||6-1||181||21||D. Kentucky Wesleyan, 43-20||Oct. 22 vs. Catawba (N.C.)|
|21.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)||6-1||148||22||D. Minot St. (N.D.), 52-28||Oct. 22 at No. 24 Minnesota-Duluth|
|22.||Wayne St. (Mich.)||6-1||141||25||D. Walsh (Ohio), 47-14||Oct. 22 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)|
|23.||Fairmont St. (W.Va.)||7-0||87||NR||D. Charleston (W.Va.), 21-13||Oct. 22 at Virginia-Wise|
|24.||Minnesota-Duluth||6-1||56||NR||D. Northern St. (S.D.), 39-19||Oct. 22 vs. No. 21 Bemidji St. (Minn.)|
|25.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||5-2||53||NR||D. Northern Michigan, 45-23||Oct. 22 vs. Lake Erie (Ohio)|
Dropped Out: Slippery Rock (Pa.) (16), Colorado Mesa (23), West Georgia (24).
Others Receiving Votes: Newberry (S.C.), 48; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 25; Colorado School of Mines, 11; Central Missouri, 9; Wingate (N.C.), 7; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 6; Central Washington, 4; West Alabama, 2; Notre Dame (Ohio), 1.