Very Little Change in AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
There was very little change in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as the top 16 teams won. The only two top 25 losses - then-No. 17 Fairmont State (W.Va.) and then-No. 24 Edinboro (Pa.) - lost to teams that were ranked higher. Northwest Missouri State still sits at No. 1 with all 30 first-place votes, followed by Grand Valley State (Mich.), Shepherd (W.Va.), Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Harding (Ark.). No. 2 Grand Valley State and No. 5 Harding both clinched their conference titles this past weekend. It was the Lakers’ first outright Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship since 2008; it was the Bisons’ first Great American Conference title and the program’s first outright championship since the program began in 1959.
There is only one top 25 matchup in the final week of the 2016 regular season, but it is for all the marbles in the Northeast-10 Conference as No. 10 LIU-Post (N.Y.) hosts No. 15 Assumption (Mass.) in the conference championship game. Assumption’s only loss this season came at the hands of the Pioneers, 19-18, in Worcester, Mass.
2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 7, 2016
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 9||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (30)||10-0||750||1||D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 28-7||Nov. 12 vs. Missouri Western St.|
|2.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||10-0||712||2||D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 62-56 2OT||Nov. 12 at Wayne St. (Mich.)|
|3.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||9-0||690||3||D. No. 17 Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 27-17||Nov. 12 at Urbana (Ohio)|
|4.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||10-0||661||4||D. Upper Iowa, 51-7||Nov. 12 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)|
|5.||Harding (Ark.)||10-0||613||5||D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 24-7||Nov. 12 vs. Arkansas Tech|
|6.||California (Pa.)||9-0||600||6||D. No. 24 Edinboro (Pa.), 52-7||Nov. 12 vs. Kutztown (Pa.)|
|7.||North Alabama||7-1||576||7||D. West Florida, 51-3||Nov. 12 at Mississippi College|
|8.||Texas A&M-Commerce||8-1||530||8||D. Texas-Permian Basin, 58-21||Nov. 12 vs. Tarleton St. (Texas)|
|9.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||9-1||496||9||D. Missouri Western St., 27-14||Nov. 12 at Washburn (Kan.)|
|10.||LIU-Post (N.Y.)||10-0||480||10||D. Merrimack (Mass.), 64-7||Nov. 12 vs. No. 15 Assumption (Mass.)|
|11.||Indiana (Pa.)||8-1||447||11||D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 31-20||Nov. 12 vs. Bloomsburg (Pa.)|
|12.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||8-1||417||12||D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 21-16||Nov. 12 vs. Eastern New Mexico|
|13.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||9-1||374||13||D. Western Oregon, 33-8||Nov. 12 at Colorado Mesa|
|14.||Tuskegee (Ala.)||8-1||350||14||D. Miles (Ala.), 13-10||Nov. 12 vs. Virginia State
|15.||Assumption (Mass.)||9-1||334||15||D. American International (Mass.), 31-3||Nov. 12 at No. 10 LIU-Post (N.Y.)|
|16.||North Carolina-Pembroke||8-1||300||16||Idle||Nov. 12 vs. Concord (W.Va.)|
|17.||Minnesota-Duluth||9-1||273||18||D. Mary (N.D.), 75-14||Nov. 12 at St. Cloud State (Minn.)|
|18.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||8-2||219||19||D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 41-20||Nov. 12 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)|
|19.||Newberry (S.C.)||9-1||206||20||D. Limestone (S.C.), 49-7||Nov. 12 vs. Wingate (N.C.)|
|20.||Ashland (Ohio)||8-2||161||21||D. Walsh (Ohio), 56-0||Nov. 12 at Ohio Dominican|
|21.||Southwest Baptist (Mo.)||9-1||137||22||D. Central St. (Ohio), 54-34||Nov. 12 at Lincoln (Mo.)|
|22.||Fairmont St. (W.Va.)||9-1||119||17||Lost to No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.), 27-17||Nov. 12 vs. Glenville St. (W.Va.)|
|23.||Valdosta St. (Ga.)||7-2||98||23||D. West Alabama, 37-22||Nov. 12 vs. Shorter (Ga.)|
|24.||Central Missouri||8-2||85||25||D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 59-21||Nov. 12 vs. Lindenwood (Mo.)|
|25.||Colorado School of Mines||8-2||44||NR||D. Adams St. (Colo.), 42-7||Nov. 12 at Black Hill St. (S.D.)|
Dropped Out: Edinboro (Pa.) (24).
Others Receiving Votes: Florida Tech, 38; Colorado Mesa, 10; Washburn (Kan.), 6; Edinboro (Pa.), 4; Henderson St. (Ark.), 4; Notre Dame (Ohio), 4; Bowie St. (Md.), 3; Southern Arkansas, 3; Wingate (N.C.), 3; Truman St. (Mo.), 2; Ohio Dominican, 1.