Four New Teams Enter Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll

With eight of the bottom 15 teams in last week’s AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll losing this past weekend, it opened the door for four new teams to enter the poll this week. Making its first appearance ever in the Top 25 is Indianapolis (Ind.) at No. 19. The Greyhounds are 8-2 and riding an eight-game win streak heading into the final week of the regular season. The second newcomer is No. 20 Missouri S&T, also making its first ever appearance in the poll. The Miners are 9-1, with their only loss coming from their conference rival, No. 19 Indianapolis. The third new team this week is No. 21 Chadron State (Neb.), who’s last appearance in the poll was on September 14, 2009. The final newcomer is No. 24 Carson-Newman (Tenn.). The Eagles are 7-2 on the season and last made an appearance on September 19, 2011.

Colorado State-Pueblo still sits at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week after its 31-17 victory over New Mexico Highlands moved their record to 10-0. No. 2 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) is also 10-0 after beating Fayetteville State (N.C.), 41-8. New Haven (Conn.) remains in the No. 3 spot and will face American International (Mass.) for a second consecutive week for the Northeast 10 Conference title. No. 4 Northwest Missouri State received one first-place vote this week as it prepares to face No. 11 Missouri Western State for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title. No. 5 Ashland (Ohio) is 10-0 and clinched the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the first time in school history.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 5, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week EightNext Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (23) 10-0 743 1 D. New Mexico Highlands, 31-17 Nov. 10 at Western St. (Colo.)
2. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6) 10-0 721 2 D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 41-8 Nov. 10 vs. Elizabeth City St. (N.C.)
3. New Haven (Conn.) 9-0 683 3 D. American International (Mass.), 37-6 Nov. 10 vs. American International (Mass.)
4. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 9-1 650 4 D. No. 20 Emporia St. (Kan.), 55-10 Nov. 10 vs. No. 11 Missouri Western St.
5. Ashland (Ohio) 10-0 626 5 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 49-21 Nov. 10 vs. Notre Dame (Ohio)
6. Minnesota St.-Mankato 10-0 590 6 D. No. 17 Sioux Falls (S.D.), 27-13 Nov. 10 vs. Upper Iowa
7. Shippensburg (Pa.) 10-0 565 7 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 61-9 Nov. 10 at No. 13 Indiana (Pa.)
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) 9-0 511 8 Idle Nov. 10 vs. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
9. Midwestern St. (Texas) 8-1 500 10 D. No. 12 West Texas A&M, 52-48 Nov. 10 vs. West Georgia
10. Minnesota-Duluth 9-1 487 9 D. Mary (N.D.), 53-14 Nov. 10 vs. Northern St. (S.D.)
11. Missouri Western St. 9-1 450 11 D. No. 25 Washburn (Kan.), 56-28 Nov. 10 at No. 4 Northwest Missouri St.
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 9-1 408 13 D. West Chester (Pa.), 24-23 Nov. 10 at Slippery Rock (Pa.)
13. Indiana (Pa.) 9-1 390 14 D. Gannon (Pa.), 38-35 Nov. 10 vs. No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.)
14. Harding (Ark.) 8-1 359 16 D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 31-9 Nov. 10 vs. Southwestern Oklahoma St.
15. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-2 286 19 D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 35-13 Nov. 10 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
16. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-1 273 23 D. No. 15 Miles (Ala.), 27-17 Nov. 10 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.)
17. West Texas A&M 8-2 270 12 Lost to No. 10 Midwestern St. (Texas), 52-48 Nov. 10 at Texas A&M-Commerce
18. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 8-2 236 24 D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 38-31 Regular Season Complete
19. Indianapolis (Ind.) 8-2 168 NR D. Delta St. (Miss.), 33-18 Nov. 10 at Urbana (Ohio)
20. Missouri S&T 9-1 150 NR D. St. Joseph’s (Ind.), 41-22 Nov. 10 at South Dakota Mines
21. Chadron St. (Neb.) 8-2 127 NR D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 45-20 Nov. 10 vs. Colorado School of Mines
22. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-2 123 17 Lost to No. 6 Minnesota St.-Mankato, 27-13 Nov. 10 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
23. Miles (Ala.) 8-2 117 15 Lost to No. 23 Tuskegee (Ala.), 27-17 Regular Season Complete
24. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 7-2 83 NR D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 66-36 Nov. 10 vs. Mars Hill (N.C.)
25. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-2 69 20 Lost to No. 4 Northwest Missouri St., 55-10 Nov. 10 at Washburn (Kan.)

Dropped Out: Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (18), West Alabama (21), California (Pa.) (22), Washburn (Kan.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Shepherd (W.Va.), 38; Charleston (W.Va.), 31; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 22; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 19; Washburn (Kan.), 14; West Alabama, 10; Mars Hill (N.C.), 8; California (Pa.), 6; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 5; Southern Arkansas, 3; American International (Mass.), 2; Bentley (Mass.), 2; Lindenwood (Mo.), 2; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 2; New Mexico Highlands, 1.

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