UPSET WIN VAULTS ASHLAND (OHIO) INTO THE AFCA DIVISION II COACHES’ TOP 25 POLL

WACO, TEX. Ashland (Ohio) handed then-No. 2 Ferris State (Mich.) a 20-3 loss and landed in the 20th spot of this week’s AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time this season. The loss dropped Ferris State 13 places to No. 15. Northwest Missouri State still sits at No. 1, followed by new No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.), No. 4 Indiana (Pa.) and No. 5 California (Pa.).

Also jumping into the poll this week is Winona State (Minn.), who comes in at No. 25. The last time the Warriors were in the Top 25 was September 29, 2014, when they were also ranked 25th.

There are three Top 25 matchups this week and all three have conference title implications. No. 5 California travels to No. 18 Slippery Rock (Pa.) with the winner owning at least a share of the top spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division. No. 8 Colorado Mesa takes its unbeaten record to No. 17 Colorado State-Pueblo with first place on the line in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The last matchup has No. 22 Assumption (Mass.) looking to stay undefeated against No. 24 LIU-Post (N.Y.).

2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 25, 2017

 

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week 4 Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (34) 4-0 850 1 D. Missouri Southern St., 63-0 Sept. 30 vs. Central Missouri
2. Texas A&M-Commerce 4-0 808 3 D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 38-7 Oct. 7 at No. 12 Midwestern St. (Texas)
3. Shepherd (W.Va.) 3-0 763 4 D. West Virginia St., 56-41 Sept. 30 at Concord (W.Va.)
4. Indiana (Pa.) 4-0 717 6 D. Edinboro (Pa.), 38-7 Sept. 30 at Seton Hill (Pa.)
5. California (Pa.) 4-0 691 5 D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 44-41 Sept. 30 at No. 18 Slippery Rock (Pa.)
6. Minnesota St. 4-0 665 8 D. Northern St. (S.D.), 36-0 Sept. 30 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
7. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 4-0 663 7 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 34-0 Sept. 30 at Southwest Minnesota St.
8. Colorado Mesa 4-0 599 11 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 40-14 Sept. 30 at No. 17 Colorado St.-Pueblo
9. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 3-1 515 12 D. Northwood (Mich.), 49-0 Sept. 30 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
10. Indianapolis (Ind.) 4-0 487 14 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 45-38 Sept. 30 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)
11. Arkansas Tech 4-0 454 16 D. Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 52-0 Sept. 30 vs. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 2-0 451 13 Idle Sept. 30 vs. Western New Mexico
13. Delta St. (Miss.) 4-0 428 17 D. Shorter (Ga.), 54-20 Sept. 30 at Mississippi College
14. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) 4-0 394 18 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 31-7 Sept. 30 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
15. Ferris St. (Mich.) 2-1 329 2 Lost to Ashland (Ohio), 20-3 Sept. 30 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.)
16. Central Washington 4-0 325 20 D. Dixie St. (Utah), 58-40 Sept. 30 vs. Simon Fraser (B.C.)
17. Colorado St.-Pueblo 3-1 294 19 D. New Mexico Highlands, 56-13 Sept. 30 vs. No. 8 Colorado Mesa
18. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 4-0 253 21 D. Gannon (Pa.), 49-45 Sept. 30 vs. No. 5 California (Pa.)
19. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 3-0 215 22 D. Western Oregon, 49-48 OT Sept. 30 vs. Chadron St. (Neb.)
20. Ashland (Ohio) 3-1 210 NR D. No. 2 Ferris St. (Mich.), 20-3 Sept. 30 at Davenport (Mich.)
21. Bowie St. (Md.) 4-0 209 23 D. Shaw (N.C.), 76-7 Sept. 30 at Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
22. Assumption (Mass.) 4-0 176 24 D. Merrimack (Mass.), 56-7 Sept. 30 at No. 24 LIU-Post (N.Y.)
23. Catawba (N.C.) 4-0 170 25 D. Mars Hill (N.C.), 37-13 Sept. 30 at Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
24. LIU-Post (N.Y.) 3-1 125 9 Lost to Bentley (Mass.), 40-21 Sept. 30 vs. No. 22 Assumption (Mass.)
25. Winona St. (Minn.) 4-0 59 NR D. Minot St. (N.D.), 47-7 Sept. 30 vs. Upper Iowa

Dropped Out: North Alabama (10), Emporia St. (Kan.) (15)

Others Receiving Votes: Central Missouri, 38; Southeastern Oklahoma St., 33; North Alabama, 32; Wingate (N.C.), 23; West Georgia, 22; West Alabama, 18; Washburn (Kan.), 8; Florida Tech, 7; Emporia St. (Kan.), 4; Shippensburg (Pa.), 4; West Chester (Pa.), 4; Eastern New Mexico, 3; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 2; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 1; Virginia St., 1.