Big Shakeup in AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll

Losses by eight Top 25 teams this past weekend caused a big shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Delta State (Miss.) still holds onto the top spot with 27 first-place votes after a 36-34 win over then-No. 18 West Alabama. Thanks to losses by then-No. 2 Pittsburg State (Kan.) and then-No. 3 Northwest Missouri State, Colorado State-Pueblo moves up to No. 2 this week. The Thunderwolves are 10-0 after a 41-3 victory over Western State (Colo.). Midwestern State (Texas) moves up to No. 3 and received a first-place vote after beating then-No. 20 West Texas A&M, 35-21, to give the Mustangs the Lone Star Conference title. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) is the new No. 4 team, and received the final first-place vote, after beating North Carolina-Pembroke, 34-7, and moving its record to 10-0. The Rams will play Elizabeth City State (N.C.) this coming Saturday for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association title. Nebraska-Kearney beat Fort Lewis (Colo.), 54-7, and rounds out the Top 5.

No. 8 Kutztown (Pa.) moved up eight spots after beating then-No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.), 52-14, and will face No. 24 Slippery Rock (Pa.) for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title. Pittsburg State (Kan.) fell to No. 9, Northwest Missouri State fell to No. 11 and St. Cloud State (Minn.) fell to No. 15 after their losses. Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) makes its first appearance in the poll this year at No. 25 this week.

2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 7, 2011

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last WeekNext Game
1. Delta St. (Miss.) (27) 9-1 723 1 D. No. 18 West Alabama, 36-34 Nov. 12 at West Georgia
2. Colorado St.-Pueblo 10-0 683 4 D. Western St. (Colo.), 41-3 Nov. 12 vs. Western New Mexico
3. Midwestern St. (Texas) (1) 9-0 675 5 D. No. 20 West Texas A&M, 35-21 Nov. 12 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)
4. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1) 10-0 632 7 D. North Carolina-Pembroke, 34-7 Nov. 12 vs. Elizabeth City St. (N.C.)
5. Nebraska-Kearney 9-1 586 8 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 54-7 Nov. 12 vs. No. 20 Colorado School of Mines
6. Washburn (Kan.) 9-1 576 9 D. No. 2 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 43-25 Nov. 12 vs. Central Missouri
7. New Haven (Conn.) 9-1 522 10 D. Pace (N.Y.), 63-6 Nov. 12 at St. Anselm (N.H.)
8. Kutztown (Pa.) 9-1 506 13 D. No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.), 52-14 Nov. 12 vs. No. 24 Slippery Rock (Pa.)
9. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 8-1 495 2 Lost to No. 9 Washburn (Kan.), 43-25 Nov. 12 vs. Missouri Southern St.
10. Minnesota-Duluth 8-2 416 15 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 49-7 Nov. 12 vs. Minnesota St.-Mankato
11. Northwest Missouri St. 8-2 401 3 Lost to No. 25 Missouri Western St., 31-28 Nov. 12 vs. Emporia St. (Kan.)
12. Abilene Christian (Texas) 7-2 379 16 D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 42-34 Nov. 12 vs. Incarnate Word (Texas)
13. North Alabama 7-2 352 17 D. West Georgia, 28-3 Nov. 12 at Valdosta St. (Ga.)
14. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 8-1 314 19 D. Dixie St. (Utah), 45-30 Nov. 12 vs. Western Oregon
15. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 8-2 262 6 Lost to Bemidji St. (Minn.), 19-14 Nov. 12 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
16. Albany St. (Ga.) 8-2 260 21 D. Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 38-29 Nov. 12 vs. Miles (Ala.)
17. Missouri Western St. 8-2 222 25T D. No. 3 Northwest Missouri St., 31-28 Nov. 12 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
18. California (Pa.) 8-2 220 22 D. Edinboro (Pa.), 34-28 Nov. 12 at Cheyney (Pa.)
19. West Virginia Wesleyan 9-1 204 11 Lost to Charleston (W.Va.), 28-17 Nov. 12 at Concord (W.Va.)
20. Colorado School of Mines 8-2 188 23 D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 31-24 Nov. 12 at No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney
21. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-2 177 12 Lost to No. 13 Kutztown (Pa.), 52-14 Nov. 12 vs. Lock Haven (Pa.)
22. Wayne St. (Mich.) 8-2 174 24 D. Indianapolis (Ind.), 28-19 Nov. 12 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
23. Mars Hill (N.C.) 7-2 113 25T Idle Nov. 12 vs. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
24. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 8-2 94 14 Lost to Gannon (Pa.), 33-27 Nov. 12 at No. 8 Kutztown (Pa.)
25. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 7-2 65 NR D. Northern Michigan, 48-26 Nov. 12 at Grand Valley St. (Mich.)


Dropped Out: West Alabama (18), West Texas A&M (20)

Others Receiving Votes: West Alabama, 41; North Greenville (S.C.), 27; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 22; Shepherd (W.Va.), 18; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 14; Hillsdale (Mich.), 14; Morehouse (Ga.), 14; West Texas A&M, 12; Southern Connecticut St., 9; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 7; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 5; Central Missouri, 1; North Carolina-Pembroke, 1; Wayne St. (Neb.), 1.

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