Three New Teams Enter Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Losses by three Top 25 teams last week caused a shakeup in the bottom 15 of the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, allowing three new teams to enter the poll this week. Pittsburg State (Kan.) still sits No. 1 after a 52-9 win over Southwest Baptist (Mo.). Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado State-Pueblo, Grand Valley State (Mich.) and Winston-Salem State (N.C.) round out the Top 5.

Texas A&M-Kingsville, Kutztown (Pa.) and Delta State (Miss.) dropped out of the poll this week, allowing Minnesota State-Mankato, Henderson State (Ark.) and West Texas A&M to be ranked this week. Minnesota State-Mankato is No. 22 and 3-0 after a 25-21 victory over St. Cloud State (Minn.). No. 24 Henderson State (Ark.) is also 3-0 after its 73-34 win over Arkansas Tech, while West Texas A&M re-enters the poll at No. 25 after beating then-No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 40-10. There are two Top 25 matchups this week as No. 6 California (Pa.) plays host to No. 14 Indiana (Pa.), and No. 23 West Alabama travels to No. 16 Valdosta State (Ga.).

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 17, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week ThreeNext Game
1. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29) 3-0 749 1 D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 52-9 Sept. 22 vs. Lincoln (Mo.)
2. Minnesota-Duluth 3-0 717 2 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 70-24 Sept. 22 vs. Augustana (S.D.)
3. Colorado St.-Pueblo 3-0 673 3 D. Western New Mexico, 35-27 Sept. 22 vs. Adams St. (Colo.)
4. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 3-0 657 4 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 28-0 Sept. 22 vs. Ohio Dominican
5. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1) 3-0 621 5 D. Morehouse (Ga.), 55-21 Sept. 22 vs. Virginia Union
6. California (Pa.) 3-0 578 6 D. Edinboro (Pa.), 24-14 Sept. 22 vs. No. 14 Indiana (Pa.)
7. Missouri Western St. 3-0 550 8 D. Nebraska-Kearney, 38-14 Sept. 22 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
8. New Haven (Conn.) 3-0 545 7 D. Pace (N.Y.), 44-10 Sept. 22 vs. St. Anselm (N.H.)
9. Washburn (Kan.) 3-0 490 9 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 24-20 Sept. 22 at Central Oklahoma
10. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 3-0 458 11 D. Simon Fraser (B.C.), 41-21 Sept. 22 at Dixie St. (Utah)
11. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 3-0 454 12 D. No. 21 Kutztown (Pa.), 44-37 Sept. 22 at LIU Post (N.Y.)
12. Northwest Missouri St. 2-1 391 13 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 48-10 Sept. 22 at Nebraska-Kearney
13. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 2-0 350 15 Idle Sept. 22 vs. Arkansas Tech
14. Indiana (Pa.) 3-0 331 17 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 42-0 Sept. 22 at No. 6 California (Pa.)
15. Midwestern St. (Texas) 1-1 307 16 D. Texas A&M-Commerce, 65-14 Sept. 22 at Texas A&M-Kingsville
16. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 2-1 264 18 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 43-10 Sept. 22 vs. No. 23 West Alabama
17. Ashland (Ohio) 3-0 248 22 D. Ferris St. (Mich.), 47-32 Sept. 22 at Northern Michigan
18. Colorado School of Mines 3-0 176 23 D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 42-19 Sept. 22 at New Mexico Highlands
19. Abilene Christian (Texas) 2-1 170 20 D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 34-31 Sept. 22 at Angelo St. (Texas)
20. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 2-1 146 10 Lost to Findlay (Ohio), 29-27 Sept. 22 at Lake Erie (Ohio)
21. Wayne St. (Mich.) 1-1 145 19 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 35-31 Sept. 22 at Malone (Ohio)
22. Minnesota St.-Mankato 3-0 129 NR D. St. Cloud State (Minn.), 25-21 Sept. 22 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
23. West Alabama 2-1 110 24 D. Mississippi College, 41-3 Sept. 22 at No. 16 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
24. Henderson St. (Ark.) 3-0 97 NR D. Arkansas Tech, 73-34 Sept. 22 vs. Southeastern Oklahoma St.
25. West Texas A&M 2-1 63 NR D. No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 40-10 Sept. 22 at Incarnate Word (Texas)

Dropped Out: Texas A&M-Kingsville (14), Kutztown (Pa.) (21), Delta St. (Miss.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Delta St. (Miss.), 57; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 37; Shippensburg (Pa.), 34; Central Missouri, 32; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 31; Hillsdale (Mich.), 24; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 23; Harding (Ark.), 18; Michigan Tech, 14; Wayne St. (Neb.), 14; Newberry (S.C.), 13; Bowie St. (Md.), 7; Charleston (W.Va.), 5; North Carolina-Pembroke, 5; Findlay (Ohio), 4; Adams St. (Colo.), 3; Central Washington, 2; Missouri S&T, 2; Tarleton St. (Texas), 2; Emporia St. (Kan.), 1; Miles (Ala.), 1; St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 1; Shepherd (W.Va.), 1.

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