Seven Top 25 Losses Cause Shakeup in Division II Poll

Losses by seven Top 25 teams this past weekend caused a shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Delta State (Miss.) remains in the top spot after a 36-33 win over then-No. 10 Valdosta State, while Bloomsburg (Pa.) kept its No. 2 spot after a 55-42 victory over West Chester (Pa.). Pittsburg State (Kan.) moves up to No. 3 and keeps its record clean at 8-0 after a 38-17 win over Central Missouri. Northwest Missouri State is No. 4 this week after beating then-No. 3 Washburn (Kan.), 52-28. North Alabama was idle and rounds out the Top 5.

Washburn (Kan.) fell nine spots to No. 12 after its loss to Northwest Missouri State, but the biggest fall occurred to Abilene Christian (Texas), who dropped 10 spots to No. 19 after losing to then-No. 12 Midwestern State (Texas), 70-28. Bemidji State (Minn.), Mars Hill (N.C.) and Ashland (Ohio) all fell out of the Top 25, making room for No. 23 West Alabama, No. 24 California (Pa.) and No. 25 Colorado School of Mines to reappear in this week’s rankings.

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 24, 2011

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. Delta St. (Miss.) (25) 8-1 720 1 D. No. 10 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 36-33 Nov. 5 vs. No. 23 West Alabama
2. Bloomsburg (Pa.) (1) 8-0 679 2 D. West Chester (Pa.), 55-42 Oct. 29 vs. C.W. Post (N.Y.)
3. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (2) 8-0 666 4 D. Central Missouri, 38-17 Nov. 5 vs. No. 12 Washburn (Kan.)
4. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 7-1 621 6 D. No. 3 Washburn (Kan.), 52-28 Oct. 29 at Missouri Southern St.
5. North Alabama 6-1 607 5 Idle Oct. 27 at No. 23 West Alabama
6. Minnesota-Duluth 7-1 578 7 D. Northern St. (S.D.), 37-6 Oct. 29 at No. 11 St. Cloud State (Minn.)
7. Colorado St.-Pueblo 8-0 559 8 D. Colorado Mesa, 27-7 Oct. 29 at New Mexico Highlands
8. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-0 520 12 D. No. 9 Abilene Christian (Texas), 70-28 Oct. 29 at Eastern New Mexico
9. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 8-0 491 11 D. Edward Waters (Fla.), 59-7 Oct. 29 vs. Shaw (N.C.)
10. Nebraska-Kearney 7-1 419 13 D. New Mexico Highlands, 38-14 Oct. 29 vs. Western New Mexico
11. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 7-1 402 14 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 66-13 Oct. 29 vs. No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth
12. Washburn (Kan.)
7-1 380 3 Lost to No. 6 Northwest Missouri St., 52-28 Oct. 29 vs. Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
13. New Haven (Conn.) 7-1 368 16 D. Bentley (Mass.), 45-38 Oct. 29 at Merrimack (Mass.)
14. West Virginia Wesleyan 8-0 344 18 D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 50-37 Oct. 29 vs. West Virginia St.
15. Wayne St. (Mich.) 7-1 334 17 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 27-24 2OT Oct. 29 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
16. Kutztown (Pa.) 7-1 297 19 D. C.W. Post (N.Y.), 42-30 Oct. 29 at West Chester (Pa.)
17. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 6-2 270 10 Lost to No. 1 Delta St. (Miss.), 36-33 Oct. 29 vs. West Georgia
18. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 7-1 239 22 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 48-27 Oct. 29 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.)
19. Abilene Christian (Texas) 5-2 204 9 Lost to No. 12 Midwestern St. (Texas), 70-28 Oct. 29 vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
20. West Texas A&M 5-2 145 24 D. Eastern New Mexico, 52-21 Oct. 29 vs. Central Washington
21. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 6-1 141 15 Lost to Western Oregon, 40-24 Oct. 29 vs. Simon Fraser (B.C.)
22. Albany St. (Ga.) 6-2 128 25 D. Clark Atlanta (Ga.), 19-13 Oct. 29 vs. Benedict (S.C.)
23. West Alabama 6-2 70 NR D. West Georgia, 35-23 Oct. 27 vs. No. 5 North Alabama
24. California (Pa.) 6-2 69 NR D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 32-26 OT Oct. 29 at Indiana (Pa.)
25. Colorado School of Mines 6-2 30 NR D. Western St. (Colo.), 48-33 Oct. 29 at Adams St. (Colo.)

Dropped Out: Bemidji St. (Minn.) (20), Mars Hill (N.C.) (21), Ashland (Ohio) (23)

Others Receiving Votes: Missouri Western St., 28; North Carolina-Pembroke, 21; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 20; Mars Hill (N.C.), 18; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 14; Indianapolis (Ind.), 8; Adams St. (Colo.), 7; Central Missouri, 7; Shepherd (W.Va.), 6; North Greenville (S.C.), 5; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 4; Morehouse (Ga.), 3; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 3.

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