Delta State New No. 1 in Division II Coaches' Poll

Thanks to a 30-24 overtime win over then-No. 1 North Alabama in Florence, Ala., Delta State (Miss.) moves into the No. 1 spot in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since October 2, 2001. Delta State began the 2001 season at No. 1 and held the top spot for six straight weeks. The Statesmen received 23 of a possible 29 first place votes. Bloomsburg (Pa.) moves up to No. 2 and received four first place votes, followed by Washburn (Kan.) at No. 3 and Pittsburg State (Kan.) at No. 4. Washburn (Kan.) and Pittsburg State (Kan.) each received one first place vote. North Alabama dropped to No. 5 this week.

There are two Top 10 matchups this week as No. 1 Delta State (Miss.) plays host to No. 10 Valdosta State (Ga.) while No. 3 Washburn (Kan.) travels to No. 6 Northwest Missouri State. In other Top 25 action, No. 9 Abilene Christian (Texas) travels to No. 12 Midwestern State (Texas) in a key Lone Star Conference game. Slippery Rock (Pa.) and Ashland (Ohio) enter the poll for the first time this season at No. 22 and No. 23, respectively. This is the Rock’s first ranking in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll since October 23, 2007.

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 17, 2011

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. Delta St. (Miss.) (23) 7-1 710 2 D. No. 1 North Alabama, 30-24 OT Oct. 22 vs. No. 10 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
2. Bloomsburg (Pa.) (4) 7-0 678 3 D. Shippensburg (Pa.), 38-18 Oct. 22 at West Chester (Pa.)
3. Washburn (Kan.) (1) 7-0 660 5 D. Central Oklahoma, 48-3 Oct. 22 at No. 6 Northwest Missouri St.
4. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (1) 7-0 630 7 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 69-6 Oct. 22 at Central Missouri
5. North Alabama 6-1 595 1 Lost to No. 2 Delta St. (Miss.), 30-24 OT Oct. 27 at West Alabama
6. Northwest Missouri St. 6-1 556 8 D. Eastern New Mexico, 65-20 Oct. 22 vs. No. 3 Washburn (Kan.)
7. Minnesota-Duluth 6-1 532 9 D. Mary (N.D.), 41-28 Oct. 22 vs. Northern St. (S.D.)
8. Colorado St.-Pueblo 7-0 525 11 D. No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney, 27-14 Oct. 22 vs. Colorado Mesa
9. Abilene Christian (Texas) 5-1 514 10 D. No. 17 West Texas A&M, 28-18 Oct. 22 at No. 12 Midwestern St. (Texas)
10. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 6-1 441 12 D. No. 22 West Alabama, 22-21 Oct. 22 at No. 1 Delta St. (Miss.)
11. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 7-0 418 13 D. Livingstone (N.C.), 62-7 Oct. 22 vs. Edward Waters (Fla.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 6-0 379 15 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 68-20 Oct. 22 vs. No. 9 Abilene Christian (Texas)
13. Nebraska-Kearney 6-1 352 4 Lost to No. 11 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 27-14 Oct. 22 at New Mexico Highlands
14. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 6-1 339 16 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 24-17 Oct. 22 at Minnesota-Crookston
15. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 6-0 311 19 D. Central Washington, 30-20 Oct. 22 at Western Oregon
16. New Haven (Conn.) 6-1 290 18 D. American International (Mass.), 34-20 Oct. 22 vs. Bentley (Mass.)
17. Wayne St. (Mich.) 6-1 289 6 Lost to Ashland (Ohio), 20-17 Oct. 22 at Hillsdale (Mich.)
18. West Virginia Wesleyan 7-0 246 21 D. Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 21-14 Oct. 22 at Glenville St. (W.Va.)
19. Kutztown (Pa.) 6-1 242 20 D. Millersville (Pa.), 49-7 Oct. 22 at C.W. Post (N.Y.)
20. Bemidji St. (Minn.) 6-1 165 23 D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 35-10 Oct. 22 at Mary (N.D.)
21. Mars Hill (N.C.) 6-1 155 25 D. Catawba (N.C.), 31-28 OT Oct. 22 vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)
22. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 6-1 89 NR D. No. 14 California (Pa.), 17-3 Oct. 22 at Lock Haven (Pa.)
23. Ashland (Ohio) 5-2 54 NR D. No. 6 Wayne St. (Mich.), 20-17 Oct. 20 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
24. West Texas A&M 4-2 48 17 Lost to No. 10 Abilene Christian (Texas), 28-18 Oct. 22 vs. Eastern New Mexico
25. Albany St. (Ga.) 5-2 47 NR D. Morehouse (Ga.), 25-15 Oct. 22 at Clark Atlanta (Ga.)

Dropped Out: California (Pa.) (14), West Alabama (22), Wayne St. (Neb.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: California (Pa.), 42; Central Missouri, 40; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 36; West Alabama, 20; Colorado School of Mines, 7; Hillsdale (Mich.), 5; East Central (Okla.), 3; Shepherd (W.Va.), 3; Stillman (Ala.), 2; Missouri Western St., 1; North Carolina-Pembroke, 1.

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