North Alabama New No. 1 in Division II Coaches' Poll

Three of the top four teams lost this past weekend, causing a shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. North Alabama moves up to the top spot this week after then-No. 1 Northwest Missouri State lost to new No. 8 Pittsburg State (Kan.), 38-35, in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium. This is the fourth time North Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in the Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, with their last No. 1 ranking occuring on November 2, 2009. Bloomsburg (Pa.) moves up to No. 2, followed by No. 3 Delta State (Miss.), No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney and No. 5 Washburn (Kan.). Nebraska-Kearney’s No. 4 ranking is their highest ever in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll.

Shepherd (W.Va.) had the biggest fall, dropping 11 spots to No. 14 after its 28-14 loss to Concord (W.Va.). Valdosta State (Ga.) also fell out of the Top 5, falling to No. 13 after losing to Arkansas-Monticello, 23-9. Pittsburg State (Kan.) made the biggest jump in the poll this week, moving up seven spots to No. 8 after its victory over then-No. 1 Northwest Missouri State. The Bearcats don’t have long to recover as they travel to No. 19 Central Missouri this week in the only Top 25 matchup of the AFCA Coaches’ Poll.

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 3, 2011

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. North Alabama (26) 5-0 722 2 D. Southern Arkansas, 42-14 Oct. 8 at Arkansas Tech
2. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 5-0 647 5 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 32-20 Oct. 8 vs. Cheyney (Pa.)
3. Delta St. (Miss.) (1) 5-1 644 6 D. No. 25 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 45-14 Oct. 6 vs. Arkansas-Monticello
4. Nebraska-Kearney 5-0 631 7 D. Adams St. (Colo.), 37-14 Oct. 8 vs. Chadron St. (Neb.)
5. Washburn (Kan.) 5-0 603 8 D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 31-17 Oct. 8 at Truman St. (Mo.)
6. Wayne St. (Mich.) 5-0 583 9 D. Northern Michigan, 30-28 Oct. 8 vs. Lake Erie (Ohio)
7. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 4-1 521 1 Lost to No. 15 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 38-35 Oct. 8 at No. 19 Central Missouri
8. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (1) 5-0 509 15 D. No. 1 Northwest Missouri St., 38-35 Oct. 8 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
9. Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 491 10 D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 42-21 Oct. 8 at Winona St. (Minn.)
10. Abilene Christian (Texas) 3-1 439 11 D. Western Oregon, 51-35 Oct. 8 at Eastern New Mexico
11. Colorado St.-Pueblo 5-0 425 14 D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 38-28 Oct. 6 vs. Colorado School of Mines
12. Albany St. (Ga.) 4-1 360 13 D. Kentucky St., 57-31 Oct. 8 at Lane (Tenn.)
13. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 4-1 344 4 Lost to Arkansas-Monticello, 23-9 Oct. 8 at Ouachita Baptist
14. Shepherd (W.Va.) 4-1 297 3 Lost to Concord (W.Va.), 28-14 Oct. 8 at West Virginia Wesleyan
15. California (Pa.) 4-1 278 16 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 54-13 Oct. 8 vs. Gannon (Pa.)
16. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 5-0 276 21 D. Johnson C. Smith (N.C.), 28-10 Oct. 8 at St. Augustine’s (N.C.)
17. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 4-1 255 17 D. Northern St. (S.D.), 27-14 Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota St.-Mankato
18. Midwestern St. (Texas) 4-0 247 22 D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 45-14 Oct. 8 vs. Tarleton St. (Texas)
19. Central Missouri 4-1 238 19 D. Arkansas Tech, 42-16 Oct. 8 vs. No. 7 Northwest Missouri St.
20. West Texas A&M 3-1 228 20 D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 44-13 Oct. 8 vs. Angelo St. (Texas)
21. New Haven (Conn.) 4-1 154 23 D. Stonehill (Mass.), 52-23 Oct. 7 at Southern Connecticut St.
22. Hillsdale (Mich.) 4-1 125 24 D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 38-35 Oct. 8 vs. Ohio Dominican
23. Kutztown (Pa.) 4-1 117 12 Lost to Shippensburg (Pa.), 49-7 Oct. 8 vs. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
24. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 4-0 85 NR D. Dixie St. (Utah), 56-27 Oct. 8 at UC-Davis
25. Edinboro (Pa.) 4-1 33 18 Lost to Indiana (Pa.), 19-0 Oct. 8 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)


Dropped Out: Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Michigan Tech, 30; West Alabama, 30; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 28; Wayne St. (Neb.), 22; Colorado School of Mines, 16; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 11; Ashland (Ohio), 9; Ferris St. (Mich.), 6; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 5; West Virginia Wesleyan, 4; Mars Hill (N.C.), 3; Morehouse (Ga.), 3; Southern Connecticut St., 3; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 2; Southwestern Oklahoma St., 1.

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