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
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 11||Next 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.