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.