Northwest Missouri State No. 2 in Division II Coaches' Poll

Hillsdale (Mich.) pulled a 34-31 upset victory over then-No. 4 Grand Valley State (Mich.), causing the Lakers to slide to No. 15 in this week’s AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. But that wasn’t the biggest drop as unranked Missouri Western State beat then-No. 12 Central Missouri, 23-6, causing the Mules to fall 12 spots to No. 24.

Minnesota-Duluth still holds down the top spot, followed by No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, No. 3 Abilene Christian (Texas), new No. 4 North Alabama and new No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville. Abilene Christian and North Alabama will meet this coming Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which highlights three Top 25 matchups this week. In the other two matchups, No. 6 Albany State (Ga.) plays host to No. 12 Valdosta State (Ga.) while No. 22 Michigan Tech travels to No. 14 Wayne State (Mich.).

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 12, 2011

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. Minnesota-Duluth (27) 2-0 723 1 D. Upper Iowa, 49-22 Sept. 17 at Wayne St. (Neb.)
2. Northwest Missouri St. (2) 2-0 696 2 D. Sioux Falls (S.D.), 52-17 Sept. 17 at Lincoln (Mo.)
3. Abilene Christian (Texas) 1-0 661 3 Idle Sept. 17 vs. No. 4 North Alabama
4. North Alabama 2-0 631 5 D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 48-21 Sept. 17 vs. No. 3 Abilene Christian (Tex.)
5. Texas A&M-Kingsville 2-0 598 6 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 19-7 Sept. 17 vs. West Texas A&M
6. Albany St. (Ga.) 2-0 562 7 D. No. 23 Wingate (N.C.), 49-28 Sept. 17 vs. No. 12 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
7. Shepherd (W.Va.) 2-0 500 8 D. St. Joseph’s (Ind.), 45-7 Sept. 17 vs. Seton Hill (Pa.)
8. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 2-0 499 9 D. Clarion (Pa.), 45-10 Sept. 15 at Indiana (Pa.)
9. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 2-0 484 10 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 41-13 Sept. 17 at Winona St. (Minn.)
10. Delta St. (Miss.) 2-1 475 11 D. Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 27-7 Sept. 17 at Arkansas Tech
11. Nebraska-Kearney 2-0 420 13 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 65-10 Sept. 17 at Colorado-Mesa
12. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 2-0 400 14 D. Newberry (S.C.), 24-17 Sept. 17 at No. 6 Albany St. (Ga.)
13. Washburn (Kan.) 2-0 378 15 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 66-26 Sept. 17 at Missouri Southern St.
14. Wayne St. (Mich.) 2-0 338 17 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 55-0 Sept. 17 vs. No. 22 Michigan Tech
15. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 1-1 304 4 Lost to Hillsdale (Mich.), 34-31 Sept. 17 at Indianapolis (Ind.)
16. Kutztown (Pa.) 2-0 290 19 D. No. 18 Mercyhurst (Pa.), 35-28 Sept. 17 vs. Lock Haven (Pa.)
17. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 2-0 273 20 D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 56-7 Sept. 17 at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)
18. Colorado St.-Pueblo 2-0 229 21 D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 41-0 Sept. 17 at Adams St. (Colo.)
19. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 2-0 174 25 D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 38-14 Sept. 17 at Truman St. (Mo.)
20. Colorado School of Mines 2-0 172 24 D. South Dakota Mines, 55-7 Sept. 17 vs. New Mexico Highlands
21. California (Pa.) 1-1 109 22 D. C.W. Post (N.Y.), 41-13 Sept. 17 at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
22. Michigan Tech 2-0 91 NR D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 41-10 Sept. 17 at No. 14 Wayne St. (Mich.)
23. New Haven (Conn.) 2-0 82 NR D. St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 50-14 Sept. 17 at William & Mary (Va.)
24. Central Missouri 1-1 77 12 Lost to Missouri Western St., 23-6 Sept. 17 at Emporia St. (Kan.)
25. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 1-1 50 18 Lost to No. 19 Kutztown (Pa.), 35-28 Sept. 17 vs. C.W. Post (N.Y.)


Dropped Out: Augustana (S.D.) (16), Wingate (N.C.) (23)

Others Receiving Votes: Hillsdale (Mich.), 43; Edinboro (Pa.), 31; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 29; West Texas A&M, 23; Missouri Western St., 19; Augustana (S.D.), 14; Ashland (Ohio), 9; Henderson St. (Ark.), 9; Northern Michigan, 9; Midwestern St. (Texas), 8; Virginia Union, 4; Adams St. (Colo.), 2; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 2; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 2; West Alabama, 2; Arkansas-Monticello, 1; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 1; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 1.

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