Three Top 10 Teams Lose

After several weeks of very little movement in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, three Top 10 teams lost this past weekend, causing a big shift in the rankings. The weekend started with then-No. 1 Valdosta State (Ga.) losing to new No. 8 West Alabama, 49-30, on Thursday night. Then West Texas A&M, who was ranked No. 4, and then-No. 7 Indiana (Pa.), both lost on Saturday, causing a bigger shakeup of the rankings. 

  Minnesota State-Mankato earns its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll, earning 26 first-place votes. They are followed by No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, who got four first-place votes, No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo and No. 4 Missouri Western State, who each earned a first-place nod. Henderson State (Ark.) rounds out the top five. 

  Then-No. 19 Chadron State (Neb.) and then-No. 24 Grand Valley State (Mich.) both lost and fell out of the Top 25, making room for No. 23 Newberry (S.C.) and No. 25 St. Cloud State (Minn.) to enter the poll. This is Newberry’s first ranking since September 24, 2012, when they were ranked No. 24, while St. Cloud State re-enters after a one-week layoff. 

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 14, 2013

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week ElevenNext Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (26) 6-0 791 2 D. Augustana (S.D.), 20-10 Oct. 19 at Southwest Minnesota St.
2. Northwest Missouri St. (4) 6-0 767 3 D. Central Oklahoma, 72-10 Oct. 19 vs. No. 7 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
3. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 6-0 729 5 D. No. 19 Chadron St. (Neb.), 51-42 Oct. 19 vs. Colorado School of Mines
4. Missouri Western St. (1) 6-0 708 6 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 54-10 Oct. 19 at Missouri Southern St.
5. Henderson St. (Ark.) 6-0 638 8 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 45-17 Oct. 19 vs. Arkansas Tech
6. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6-0 606 9 D. Millersville (Pa.), 45-7 Oct. 19 at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
7. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 6-0 594 10 D. Central Missouri, 31-21 Oct. 19 vs. No. 2 Northwest Missouri St.
8. West Alabama 5-1 547 14 D. No. 1 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 49-30 Oct. 19 at No. 24 Midwestern St. (Texas)
9. Minnesota-Duluth 5-1 489 11 D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 69-45 Oct. 19 at Minot St. (N.D.)
10. North Carolina-Pembroke 5-0 461 13 D. North Carolina-Charlotte, 45-22 Oct. 19 at Catawba (N.C.)
11. Shepherd (W.Va.) 6-0 454 12 D. Virginia-Wise, 42-17 Oct. 19 vs. Notre Dame (Ohio)
12. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 4-1 452 1 Lost to No. 14 West Alabama, 49-30 Oct. 19 at West Georgia
13. Washburn (Kan.) 6-0 390 15 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 58-7 Oct. 19 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.)
14. Tarleton St. (Texas) 5-0 341 21t D. No. 4 West Texas A&M, 31-27 Oct. 19 at Delta St. (Miss.)
15. West Chester (Pa.) 6-0 319 17 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 34-20 Oct. 19 at Lock Haven (Pa.)
16. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 5-1 313 16 D. Johnson C. Smith (N.C.), 44-17 Oct. 19 at St. Augustine’s (N.C.)
17. West Texas A&M 5-1 309 4 Lost to No. 21t Tarleton St. (Texas), 31-27 Oct. 19 vs. Angelo St. (Texas)
18. Ohio Dominican 6-0 283 20 D. Ashland (Ohio), 31-19 Oct. 19 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
19. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 5-1 252 18 D. Shorter (Ga.), 45-28 Oct. 19 vs. Tusculum (Tenn.)
20. Emporia St. (Kan.) 6-0 187 23 D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 63-17 Oct. 19 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
21. Indianapolis (Ind.) 5-1 179 21t D. McKendree (Ill.), 45-7 Oct. 19 at William Jewell (Mo.)
22. Indiana (Pa.) 5-1 161 7 Lost to Slippery Rock (Pa.), 42-16 Oct. 19 vs. Edinboro (Pa.)
23. Newberry (S.C.) 6-0 138 NR D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 44-9 Oct. 19 at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)
24. Midwestern St. (Texas) 4-1 121 25 D. McMurry (Texas), 66-20 Oct. 19 vs. No. 8 West Alabama
25. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 5-1 35 NR D. Minnesota-Crookston, 55-6 Oct. 19 at Mary (N.D.)

Dropped Out: Chadron St. (Neb.) (19), Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (24) 

Others Receiving Votes: New Haven (Conn.), 26; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 25; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 22; Chadron St. (Neb.), 17; Ferris St. (Mich.), 16; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 13; Tuskegee (Ala.), 8; Harding (Ark.), 3; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 2; Virginia St., 2; Colorado School of Mines, 1; Stonehill (Mass.), 1.

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