Top Six Unchanged in Division II Coaches' Poll

A second straight loss from Pittsburg State (Kan.) caused a shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll from No. 7 on down, but the top six teams remained unchanged. Colorado State-Pueblo held onto the No. 1 spot with 24 first-place votes, followed by Winston-Salem State (N.C.) at No. 2 with six first-place votes. New Haven (Conn.), Bloomsburg (Pa.), Northwest Missouri State and Ashland (Ohio) round out the top six. 

Missouri Western State rebounded from its first loss of the season to upset then-No. 7t Pittsburg State, 63-14, moving the Griffons up four spots to No. 12. The Gorillas dropped 15 places to No. 22 with the loss. Hillsdale (Mich.) beat then-No. 15 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), 34-17, and jumped back into the poll at No. 24. Also entering the poll for the first time since 2009 is Charleston (W.Va.). The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 25, recorded a 27-14 victory over West Liberty (W.Va.) to move its record to 7-1.

There are four Top 25 matchups this week, with the first being a Top 10 battle as No. 4 Bloomsburg travels to No. 10 Shippensburg (Pa.) for a pivotal Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference contest. The other matchups feature No. 5 Northwest Missouri State traveling to No. 16t Washburn (Kan.), No. 15 Emporia State (Kan.) hosting No. 12 Missouri Western State and No. 23 Grand Valley State (Mich.) traveling to No. 24 Hillsdale.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 22, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week EightNext Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (24) 8-0 743 1 D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 45-13 Oct. 27 at Colorado Mesa
2. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6) 8-0 720 2 D. Livingstone (N.C.), 58-0 Oct. 27 at Shaw (N.C.)
3. New Haven (Conn.) 7-0 679 3 D. Stonehill (Mass.), 45-41 Oct. 27 vs. Southern Connecticut St.
4. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-0 629 4 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 27-13 Oct. 27 at No. 10 Shippensburg (Pa.)
5. Northwest Missouri St. 7-1 623 5 D. Missouri Southern St., 38-14 Oct. 27 at No. 16t Washburn (Kan.)
6. Ashland (Ohio) 8-0 589 6 D. Malone (Ohio), 31-7 Oct. 27 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
7. Minnesota St.-Mankato 8-0 544 9 D. Winona St. (Minn.), 30-20 Oct. 27 at Wayne St. (Neb.)
8. Minnesota-Duluth 7-1 537 7t D. Bemidji St. (Minn.), 30-0 Oct. 27 at Minnesota-Crookston
9. Henderson St. (Ark.) 8-0 484 11 D. East Central (Okla.), 49-14 Oct. 27 at Southern Arkansas
10. Shippensburg (Pa.) 8-0 457 13 D. West Chester (Pa.), 42-24 Oct. 27 vs. No. 4 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
11. Midwestern St. (Texas) 6-1 453 12 D. Abilene Christian (Texas), 35-31 Oct. 27 vs. Eastern New Mexico
12. Missouri Western St. 7-1 421 16 D. No. 7t Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 63-14 Oct. 25 at No. 15 Emporia St. (Kan.)
13. California (Pa.) 7-1 390 14 D. Gannon (Pa.), 41-0 Oct. 27 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
14. West Texas A&M 7-1 365 17 D. Eastern New Mexico, 44-21 Oct. 27 at West Georgia
15. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-0 354 18t D. Truman St. (Mo.), 52-26 Oct. 25 vs. No. 12 Missouri Western St.
16t. Indiana (Pa.) 7-1 274 20 D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 31-13 Oct. 27 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
16t. Washburn (Kan.) 7-1 274 18t D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 19-16 Oct. 27 vs. No. 5 Northwest Missouri St.
18. Miles (Ala.) 7-1 209 21 D. Lane (Tenn.), 38-20 Oct. 25 vs. Stillman (Ala.)
19. Harding (Ark.) 6-1 164 25 D. No. 10 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 34-14 Oct. 27 vs. Arkansas Tech
20. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6-1 162 10 Lost to No. 25 Harding (Ark.), 34-14 Oct. 27 at East Central (Okla.)
21. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 7-1 145 23 D. Augustana (S.D.), 32-31 2OT Oct. 27 vs. Upper Iowa
22. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 5-2 119 7t Lost to No. 16 Missouri Western St., 63-14 Oct. 27 at Truman St. (Mo.)
23. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 6-2 71 24 D. Northwood (Mich.), 42-28 Oct. 27 at No. 24 Hillsdale (Mich.)
24. Hillsdale (Mich.) 6-2 62 NR D. No. 15 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 34-17 Oct. 27 vs. No. 23 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
25. Charleston (W.Va.) 7-1 59 NR D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 27-14 Oct. 27 at Glenville St. (W.Va.)

Dropped Out: Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) (15), Michigan Tech (22)

Others Receiving Votes: West Alabama, 52; Wayne St. (Mich.), 36; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 28; Tuskegee (Ala.), 26; Indianapolis (Ind.), 24; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 20; Southern Arkansas, 14; American International (Mass.), 13; Chadron St. (Neb.), 6; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 2; Missouri S&T, 2.

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