Emporia State Enters Division II Poll For First Time Since 2003

With its 37-26 win over Lincoln (Mo.), Emporia State (Kan.) moved its record to 5-0 and jumped into the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since the final poll of 2003. The Hornets come into the poll at No. 25. Fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association member Pittsburg State (Kan.) still sits at No. 1 with 29 first-place votes. Minnesota-Duluth lost to St. Cloud State (Minn.), 51-49, dropping the Bulldogs to No. 10 this week. Moving up to the No. 2 spot is Colorado State-Pueblo, who beat Fort Lewis (Colo.) 50-21. The Thunderwolves are followed by No. 3 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 4 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) and No. 5 Missouri Western State.

Two other Top 10 teams fell this week as then-No. 6 California (Pa.) lost 37-34 to West Chester (Pa.), dropping the Vulcans 10 spots to No. 16. Humboldt State (Calif.) got beat by Central Washington, 31-3, dropping the Lumberjacks from No. 9 to No. 24. There is only one Top 25 matchup this week as No. 18 West Alabama plays host to No. 13 Midwestern State (Texas) on a Thursday night contest. Newberry (S.C.) was the only team to fall out of the poll this week. They lost to Mars Hill (N.C.), 35-28. 

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 1, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week Five
Next Game
1. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29) 4-0 749 1 Idle Oct. 6 vs. Central Missouri
2. Colorado St.-Pueblo 5-0 712 3 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 50-21 Oct. 6 vs. Chadron St. (Neb.)
3. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-0 684 4 D. Michigan Tech, 51-43 Oct. 6 vs. Ferris St. (Minn.)
4. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1) 5-0 657 5 D. Bowie St. (Md.), 35-3 Oct. 6 at Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)
5. Missouri Western St. 5-0 627 7 D. Central Oklahoma, 45-23 Oct. 6 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)
6. New Haven (Conn.) 4-0 602 8 Idle Oct. 6 vs. Assumption (Mass.)
7. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 5-0 569 10 D. Gannon (Pa.), 43-24 Oct. 6 at Millersville (Pa.)
8. Northwest Missouri St. 4-1 485 11 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 66-6 Oct. 6 at Central Oklahoma
9. Ashland (Ohio) 5-0 467 13 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 68-21 Oct. 6 at Ohio Dominican
10. Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 445 2 Lost to St. Cloud State (Minn.), 51-49 Oct. 6 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
11. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 4-0 443 12 D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 27-24 Oct. 6 vs. Southwestern Oklahoma St.
12. Minnesota St.-Mankato 5-0 409 15 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 30-10 Oct. 6 at Augustana (S.D.)
13. Midwestern St. (Texas) 3-1 377 14 D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 34-7 Oct. 4 at No. 18 West Alabama
14. Henderson St. (Ark.) 5-0 337 17 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 50-22 Oct. 6 vs. Arkansas-Monticello
15. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 4-1 271 16 D. Ferris St. (Mich.), 31-24 OT Oct. 6 at Northwood (Mich.)
16t. California (Pa.) 4-1 256 6 Lost to West Chester (Pa.), 37-34 Oct. 6 at Clarion (Pa.)
16t. Shippensburg (Pa.) 5-0 256 21 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 49-6 Oct. 6 vs. LIU Post (N.Y.)
18. West Alabama 4-1 217 19 D. West Georgia, 24-20 Oct. 4 vs. No. 13 Midwestern St. (Texas)
19. Wayne St. (Mich.) 3-1 201 18 D. Northwood (Mich.), 21-11 Oct. 6 vs. Hillsdale (Mich.)
20. Washburn (Kan.) 4-1 185 20 D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 42-14 Oct. 6 at Lincoln (Mo.)
21. West Texas A&M 4-1 140 23 D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 41-21 Oct. 6 at Angelo St. (Texas)
22. Indiana (Pa.) 4-1 124 22 D. Millersville (Pa.), 41-7 Oct. 6 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
23. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 5-0 112 25 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 41-22 Oct. 6 at Winona St. (Minn.)
24. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 4-1 84 9 Lost to Central Washington, 31-3 Oct. 6 vs. Western Oregon
25. Emporia St. (Kan.) 5-0 72 NR D. Lincoln (Mo.), 37-26 Oct. 6 at Southwest Baptist (Mo.)

Dropped Out: Newberry (S.C.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Central Missouri, 69; Harding (Ark.), 57; Hillsdale (Mich.), 45; Central Washington, 38; North Carolina-Pembroke, 11; Miles (Ala.), 10; Shepherd (W.Va.), 9; West Chester (Pa.), 6; Michigan Tech, 5; Newberry (S.C.), 5; Chadron St. (Neb.), 3; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 3; Tuskegee (Ala.), 3; Bentley (Mass.), 2; New Mexico Highlands, 2; Indianapolis (Ind.), 1.

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