Delta State Still No. 1 in AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll

Delta State (Miss.) was idle this past weekend and remained in the top spot of the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll with 25 first-place votes, but losses by three of the Top 6 teams caused almost every team in the poll to change positions. Pittsburg State (Kan.) was idle and moved up to the second spot with three first-place votes, while Northwest Missouri State received the final first-place vote and moved up to No. 3 after beating Missouri Southern State, 52-21. Colorado State-Pueblo and Midwestern State (Texas) both moved up three spots to take over the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively, in this week’s poll.

North Alabama made the biggest fall in this week’s poll, dropping 12 spots to No. 17 after its loss to new-No. 18 West Alabama, 31-26. Bloomsburg (Pa.) had the next largest fall, dropping 10 spots to No. 12 after its loss to C.W. Post (N.Y.), 24-21. There are five Top 25 matchups this coming weekend with No. 1 Delta State (Miss.) hosting No. 18 West Alabama highlighting those games. The 2011 Gulf South Coference title will be on the line when these two teams meet in Cleveland, Miss.

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 31, 2011

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. Delta St. (Miss.) (25) 8-1 717 1 Idle Nov. 5 vs. No. 18 West Alabama
2. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (3) 8-0 692 3 Idle Nov. 5 vs. No. 9 Washburn (Kan.)
3. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 8-1 661 4 D. Missouri Southern St., 52-21 Nov. 5 at No. 25 Missouri Western St.
4. Colorado St.-Pueblo 9-0 629 7 D. New Mexico Highlands, 37-0 Nov. 5 vs. Western St. (Colo.)
5. Midwestern St. (Texas) 8-0 620 8 D. Eastern New Mexico, 57-34 Nov. 5 vs. No. 20 West Texas A&M
6. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 8-1 531 11 D. No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth, 35-7 Nov. 5 at Bemidji St. (Minn.)
7. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 9-0 530 9 D. Shaw (N.C.), 21-14 Nov. 5 at North Carolina-Pembroke
8. Nebraska-Kearney 8-1 502 10 D. Western New Mexico, 27-14 Nov. 5 at Fort Lewis (Colo.)
9. Washburn (Kan.) 8-1 488 12 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 45-20 Nov. 5 at No. 2 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
10. New Haven (Conn.) 8-1 448 13 D. Merrimack (Mass.), 44-35 Nov. 5 vs. Pace (N.Y.)
11. West Virginia Wesleyan 9-0 444 14 D. West Virginia St., 42-6 Nov. 5 at Charleston (W.Va.)
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-1 429 2 Lost to C.W. Post (N.Y.), 24-21 Nov. 5 at No. 13 Kutztown (Pa.)
13. Kutztown (Pa.) 8-1 351 16 D. West Chester (Pa.), 24-0 Nov. 5 vs. No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
14. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 8-1 324 18 D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 28-21 Nov. 5 at Gannon (Pa.)
15. Minnesota-Duluth 7-2 263 6 Lost to No. 11 St. Cloud State (Minn.), 35-7 Nov. 5 vs. Minnesota-Crookston
16. Abilene Christian (Texas) 6-2 256 19 D. Texas A&M-Commerce, 40-28 Nov. 5 at Texas A&M-Kingsville
17. North Alabama 6-2 245 5 Lost to No. 23 West Alabama, 31-26 Nov. 5 vs. West Georgia
18. West Alabama 7-2 220 23 D. No. 5 North Alabama, 31-26 Nov. 5 at No. 1 Delta St. (Miss.)
19. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 7-1 216 21 D. Simon Fraser (B.C.), 42-10 Nov. 5 at Dixie St. (Utah)
20. West Texas A&M 6-2 195 20 D. Central Washington, 49-35 Nov. 5 at No. 5 Midwestern St. (Texas)
21. Albany St. (Ga.) 7-2 158 22 D. Benedict (S.C.), 37-13 Nov. 5 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.)
22. California (Pa.) 7-2 115 24 D. Indiana (Pa.), 28-10 Nov. 5 vs. Edinboro (Pa.)
23. Colorado School of Mines 7-2 84 25 D. Adams St. (Colo.), 27-16 Nov. 5 vs. Chadron St. (Neb.)
24. Wayne St. (Mich.) 7-2 83 15 Lost to Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 28-20 Nov. 5 at Indianapolis (Ind.)
25T. Mars Hill (N.C.) 7-2 40 NR D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 47-37 Nov. 12 vs. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
25T. Missouri Western St. 7-2 40 NR D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 31-24 Nov. 5 vs. No. 3 Northwest Missouri St.


Dropped Out: Valdosta St. (Ga.) (17)

Others Receiving Votes: Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 38; North Carolina-Pembroke, 32; Indianapolis (Ind.), 15; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 13; North Greenville (S.C.), 9; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 8; Morehouse (Ga.), 8; Shepherd (W.Va.), 7; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 6; Southern Connecticut St., 3; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 2; Wayne St. (Neb.), 2; Hillsdale (Mich.), 1.

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