AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll
In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division II coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2000.
Prior to 2000, there was no coaches’ polls for NCAA Division II. The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the NCAA playoffs.
“The reason we’re doing these polls is that they promote the game,” Teaff said. “The NCAA polls are used primarily in the playoff selection process.”
The Division II poll follows the same basic format as the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The 2012 Division II Board of Coaches will have 30 voters representing all Division II conferences, as well as independent schools.
The Division II Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning with a preseason poll on August 13 and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NCAA Division II championship game.
2011 Division II Poll Notes
Forty-eight schools spent at least one week ranked in the 2011 AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll ... Ten schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 13 weeks the poll was released in 2011 (Abilene Christian (Texas), Bloomsburg (Pa.), Delta State (Miss.), Kutztown (Pa.), Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Kearney, North Alabama, Northwest Missouri State, St. Cloud State (Minn.) and Washburn (Kan.)) ... Eventual 2011 national champion Pittsburg State was unranked at the beginning of the 2011 season ... Since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll debuted in 2000, Grand Valley State has been ranked No. 1 for 88 weeks ... The other 11 schools which have appeared No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll are Valdosta State (20), Northwest Missouri State (17 weeks), Delta State (11), Minnesota-Duluth (eight), North Alabama (five), Pittsburg State (five), Saginaw Valley State (three), Abilene Christian (one), Central Washington (one), Colorado State-Pueblo (one) and North Dakota (one) ... Grand Valley St. owns the record for the most consecutive weeks ranked in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which stands at 138. Northwest Missouri St. holds the record for being ranked the most times in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll at 151 weeks out of a possible 161 since 2000.