Notre Dame (Ohio) Ranked in AFCA Poll for First Time

WACO, TEX.– Notre Dame (Ohio) began their football program in 2010 and joined NCAA Division II in 2012. The Falcons have come a long way in a short amout of time as they have earned their first-ever ranking in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, sharing the No. 25 spot with Southwest Baptist (Mo.). Notre Dame is 7-1 on the season and sitting alone in the second spot in the Mountain East Conference. Their seven wins this season have tied a program best that was set last year.

With Midwestern State (Texas) and Tuskegee (Ala.) both losing, the top five has a different look, but Northwest Missouri State still sits at No. 1 with all 30 first-place votes. The Bearcats are followed by Grand Valley State (Mich.), Shepherd (W.Va.), Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Harding (Ark.). Sioux Falls’ No. 4 ranking and Harding’s No. 5 ranking are the highest for either school in the AFCA poll.

There are two top 25 matchups this week, with the first being No. 19 Wayne State (Mich.) traveling to No. 22 Ferris State (Mich.). The second has No. 20 Fairmont State (W.Va.) hosting No. 25t Notre Dame to see if the Fighting Falcons can stay with Shepherd for the top spot in the Mountain East Conference.

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 24, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 8Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (30) 8-0 750 1 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 47-12 Oct. 29 vs. Pittsburgh St. (Kan.)
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-0 717 2 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 35-17 Oct. 29 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
3. Shepherd (W.Va.) 7-0 692 3 D. Concord (W.Va.), 21-7 Oct. 29 at West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-0 649 6 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 51-17 Oct. 29 at Minnesota St.
5. Harding (Ark.) 8-0 614 7 D. East Central (Okla.), 35-7 Oct. 29 vs. Southwestern Oklahoma St.
6. California (Pa.) 7-0 598 8 D. Gannon (Pa.), 35-14 Oct. 29 at Mercyhurst (Pa.)
7. North Alabama 5-1 541 10 D. North Greenville (S.C.), 52-21 Oct. 29 at Delta St. (Miss.)
8. Texas A&M-Commerce 6-1 540 9 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 62-14 Oct. 29 vs. West Texas A&M
9. Ashland (Ohio) 7-1 507 11 D. Kentucky Wesleyan, 70-14 Oct. 29 at Michigan Tech
10. Emporia St. (Kan.) 7-1 448 12 D. Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 41-36 Oct. 29 vs. Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
11. LIU-Post (N.Y.) 8-0 432 14 D. American International (Mass.), 22-7 Oct. 29 vs. Pace (N.Y.)
12. Indiana (Pa.) 6-1 414 13 D. Clarion (Pa.), 42-17 Oct. 29 at Gannon (Pa.)
13. Midwestern St. (Texas) 6-1 361 4 Lost to West Texas A&M, 35-27 Oct. 29 vs. Texas-Permian Basin
14. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 6-1 350 16 D. Delta St. (Miss.), 56-27 Oct. 29 at Florida Tech
15. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 7-1 325 17 D. Simon Fraser (B.C.), 57-0 Oct. 29 vs. Central Washington
16. Assumption (Mass.) 7-1 285 18 D. New Haven (Conn.), 38-24 Oct. 29 at Stonehill (Mass.)
17. Tuskegee (Ala.) 6-1 258 5 Lost to Kentucky St., 10-9 Oct. 29 at Central St. (Ohio)
18. North Carolina-Pembroke 7-1 253 20 D. Catawba (N.C.), 41-31 Oct. 29 at West Virginia St.
19. Wayne St. (Mich.) 7-1 221 22 D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 42-14 Oct. 29 at No. 22 Ferris St. (Mich.)
20. Fairmont St. (W.Va.) 8-0 201 23 D. Virginia-Wise, 58-3 Oct. 27 vs. No. 25t Notre Dame (Ohio)
21. Minnesota-Duluth 7-1 174 24 D. No. 21 Bemidji St. (Minn.), 54-47 Oct. 29 at Minnesota-Crookston
22. Ferris St. (Mich.) 6-2 115 25 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 42-10 Oct. 29 vs. No. 19 Wayne St. (Mich.)
23. Newberry (S.C.) 7-1 98 NR D. Brevard (N.C.), 34-7 Oct. 29 vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)
24. Wingate (N.C.) 7-1 55 NR D. Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 29-16 Oct. 29 at North Greenville (S.C.)
25t. Notre Dame (Ohio) 7-1 27 NR D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 30-14 Oct. 29 at No. 20 Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
25t. Southwest Baptist (Mo.) 7-1 27 NR D. St. Joseph’s (Ind.), 61-37 Oct. 29 vs. Missouri S&T

Dropped Out: Henderson St. (Ark.) (15), Florida Tech (19), Bemidji St. (Minn.) (21).

Others Receiving Votes: Central Missouri, 20; Colorado School of Mines, 19; Henderson St. (Ark.), 19; Edinboro (Pa.), 8; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 7; Central Washington, 6; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 6; West Alabama, 5; Florida Tech, 4; Southern Arkansas, 2; Colorado Mesa, 1; Truman St. (Mo.), 1.

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