Northwest Missouri State Ends Regular Season at No. 1

For a second year in a row, Northwest Missouri State ends the regular season at No. 1. The Bearcats beat Missouri Western State, 44-3, to give them an 11-0 record and earned a first-round bye in the 2016 NCAA Division II playoffs. Grand Valley State (Mich.), who also finished with an 11-0 record, sits at No. 2 and also received a first-round bye. Shepherd (W.Va.), Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Harding (Ark.) round out the top five. No. 6 California (Pa.) and No. 7 North Alabama were the other two top seeds in the 28-team field.

Twenty-five of the top 26 teams in the final regular season poll earned a spot in the playoffs. No. 16 Ashland (Ohio) was the only team left out of the playoffs.

Tuskegee (Ala.) fell out of the poll this week, but the Golden Tigers earned a playoff spot as they travel to No. 14 Newberry (S.C.). Both Florida Tech and Colorado Mesa jump back into the poll at No. 23 and No. 24t, respectively. The Panthers earned their first playoff appearance in school history and will host North Greenville (S.C.) while the Mavericks travel to No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce.

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 14, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 11Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (30) 11-0 750 1 D. Missouri Western St., 44-3 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 11-0 714 2 D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 24-21 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
3. Shepherd (W.Va.) 10-0 688 3 D. Urbana (Ohio), 38-14 Nov. 19 vs. No. 25 Assumption (Mass.)
4. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 11-0 657 4 D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 30-7 Nov. 19 vs. No. 24t Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
5. Harding (Ark.) 11-0 617 5 D. Arkansas Tech, 42-7 Nov. 19 vs. No. 20 Central Missouri
6. California (Pa.) 10-0 602 6 D. Kutztown (Pa.), 49-7 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
7. North Alabama 8-1 540 7 D. Mississippi College, 42-7 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
8. Texas A&M-Commerce 9-1 530 8 D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 30-10 Nov. 19 vs. No. 24t Colorado Mesa
9. Emporia St. (Kan.) 10-1 506 9 D. Washburn (Kan.), 30-3 Nov. 19 vs. No. 13 Minnesota-Duluth
10. LIU-Post (N.Y.) 11-0 495 10 D. No. 15 Assumption (Mass.), 43-23 Nov. 19 vs. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)
11. Indiana (Pa.) 9-1 444 11 D. Bloomsburg (Pa.), 42-13 Nov. 19 at No. 18 Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
12. North Carolina-Pembroke 9-1 401 16 D. Concord (W.Va.), 19-18 Nov. 19 at No. 19 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
13. Minnesota-Duluth 10-1 396 17 D. St. Cloud State (Minn.), 48-34 Nov. 19 at No. 9 Emporia St. (Kan.)
14. Newberry (S.C.) 10-1 330 19 D. Wingate (N.C.), 27-22 Nov. 19 vs. Tuskegee (Ala.)
15. Ferris St. (Mich.) 9-2 328 18 D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 51-17 Nov. 19 vs. No. 22 Midwestern St. (Texas)
16. Ashland (Ohio) 9-2 270 20 D. Ohio Dominican, 34-21 Season Complete
17. Southwest Baptist (Mo.) 10-1 250 21 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 50-12 Nov. 19 vs. No. 21 Colorado School of Mines
18. Fairmont St. (W.Va.) 10-1 248 22 D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 37-30 Nov. 19 vs. No. 11 Indiana (Pa.)
19. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 8-2 193 23 D. Shorter (Ga.), 44-0 Nov. 19 vs. No. 12 North Carolina-Pembroke
20. Central Missouri 9-2 153 24 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 35-7 Nov. 19 at No. 5 Harding (Ark.)
21. Colorado School of Mines 9-2 139 25 D. Black Hill St. (S.D.), 83-28 Nov. 19 at No. 17 Southwest Baptist (Mo.)
22. Midwestern St. (Texas) 8-2 123 12 Lost to Eastern New Mexico, 30-28 Nov. 19 at No. 15 Ferris St. (Mich.)
23. Florida Tech 8-2 82 NR D. Delta St. (Miss.), 42-16 Nov. 19 vs. North Greenville (S.C.)
24t. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 9-2 81 13 Lost to Colorado Mesa, 33-24 Nov. 19 at No. 4 Sioux Falls (S.D.)
24t. Colorado Mesa 9-2 81 NR D. No. 13 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 33-24 Nov. 19 at No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce
25. Assumption (Mass.) 9-2 72 15 Lost to No. 10 LIU-Post (N.Y.), 43-23 Nov. 19 at No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.)

Dropped Out: Tuskegee (Ala.) (14).

Others Receiving Votes: Tuskegee (Ala.), 26; Edinboro (Pa.), 15; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 8; Notre Dame (Ohio), 7; Virginia St., 2; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 1; Southern Arkansas, 1.

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