Colorado State-Pueblo Ends Regular Season at No. 1

For the second year in a row, Colorado State-Pueblo finishes the regular season at No. 1. The Thunderwolves beat Western State (Colo.), 21-3, to finish at 11-0 in the regular season and will host a second round playoff game. The rest of the top six teams in the poll all finished with undefeated regular seasons and will host second round playoff games. Those teams are No. 2 Winston-Salem State (N.C.), No. 3 New Haven (Conn.), No. 4 Ashland (Ohio), No. 5 Minnesota State-Mankato and No. 6 Henderson State (Ark.).

Twenty-one of the 24 teams in the 2012 NCAA Division II playoffs are ranked in this week’s poll. Six of the eight first round games feature Top 25 matchups. The first matchup features No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth traveling to No. 9 Missouri Western State. No. 8 Midwestern State (Texas) also hits the road against No. 18 Indianapolis (Ind.), who is making its first appearance in the Division II playoffs. Two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) teams matchup for a second time this year as No. 10 Bloomsburg (Pa.) travels to No. 15 Shippensburg (Pa.). The third team from the PSAC to make the playoff field, No. 11 Indiana (Pa.), hosts No. 25t Shepherd (W.Va.). No. 12 Harding (Ark.) makes its first appearance in the Division II playoffs, and will travel to No. 13 Northwest Missouri State. In the final Top 25 matchup, No. 16 West Texas A&M plays at No. 20 Chadron State (Neb.).

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 12, 2012

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week EightNext Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (24) 11-0 744 1 D. Western St. (Colo.), 21-3 Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
2. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6) 11-0 714 2 D. Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 34-19 Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
3. New Haven (Conn.) 10-0 686 3 D. American International (Mass.), 37-12 Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
4. Ashland (Ohio) 11-0 657 5 D. Notre Dame (Ohio), 65-0 Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
5. Minnesota St.-Mankato 11-0 629 6 D. Upper Iowa, 70-7 Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
6. Henderson St. (Ark.) 10-0 587 8 D. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 42-7 Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
7. Minnesota-Duluth 10-1 550 10 D. Northern St. (S.D.), 49-31 Nov. 17 at No. 9 Missouri Western St.
8. Midwestern St. (Texas) 9-1 538 9 D. West Georgia, 35-17 Nov. 17 at No. 18 Indianapolis (Ind.)
9. Missouri Western St. 10-1 537 11 D. No. 4 Northwest Missouri St., 21-20 Nov. 17 vs. No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth
10. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-1 457 12 D. Slippery Rock (Pa.), 49-41 Nov. 17 at No. 15 Shippensburg (Pa.)
11. Indiana (Pa.) 10-1 452 13 D. No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.), 41-10 Nov. 17 vs. No. 25t Shepherd (W.Va.)
12. Harding (Ark.) 9-1 390 14 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 38-7 Nov. 17 at No. 13 Northwest Missouri St.
13. Northwest Missouri St. 9-2 365 4 Lost to No. 11 Missouri Western St., 21-20 Nov. 17 vs. No. 12 Harding (Ark.)
14. Tuskegee (Ala.) 9-1 331 16 D. Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 55-24 Nov. 22 vs. Alabama St.
15. Shippensburg (Pa.) 10-1 326 7 Lost to No. 13 Indiana (Pa.), 41-10 Nov. 17 vs. No. 10 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
16. West Texas A&M 9-2 309 17 D. Texas A&M-Commerce, 45-14 Nov. 17 at No. 20 Chadron St. (Neb.)
17. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 8-2 281 18 Idle Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
18. Indianapolis (Ind.) 9-2 231 19 D. Urbana (Ohio), 31-24 Nov. 17 vs. No. 8 Midwestern St. (Texas)
19. Missouri S&T 10-1 208 20 D. South Dakota Mines, 66-17 Season Complete
20. Chadron St. (Neb.) 9-2 196 21 D. Colorado School of Mines, 20-14 Nov. 17 vs. No. 16 West Texas A&M
21. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 9-2 126 22 D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 24-14 Season Complete
22. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 8-2 121 24 D. Mars Hill (N.C.), 35-17 Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
23. Miles (Ala.) 8-2 91 23 Idle Nov. 17 at West Alabama
24. Emporia St. (Kan.) 9-2 67 25 D. Washburn (Kan.), 55-23 Nov. 25 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville
25t. Charleston (W.Va.) 9-2 39 NR D. West Virginia St., 62-0 Season Complete
25t. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-2 39 NR D. Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 49-23 Nov. 17 at No. 11 Indiana (Pa.)

Dropped Out: Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (15)

Others Receiving Votes: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 27; West Alabama, 20; California (Pa.), 6; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 5; Bentley (Mass.), 4; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 4; Winona St. (Minn.), 4; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 3; New Mexico Highlands, 3; Lindenwood (Mo.), 2; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 1.

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