Top Five Teams Remain the Same

The top five teams in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll remained the same, but losses by Pittsburg State (Kan.) and West Alabama caused a reshuffling of the rankings from No. 6 on down. Minnesota State-Mankato still holds the No. 1 spot for a second straight week, but lost a first-place vote to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State. The Mavericks have 25 first-place votes while the Bearcats have seven this week. Colorado State-Pueblo, Missouri Western State and Henderson State (Ark.) round out the top five. 

  Then-No. 7 Pittsburg State lost to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, 24-15 in the Fall Classic, dropping the Gorillas to No. 12 in this week’s poll, while West Alabama fell 13 spots to No. 21 after its 45-21 loss to No. 18t Midwestern State (Texas). Indiana (Pa.) and Newberry (S.C.) both fell out of the poll this week, making room for Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) and Saginaw Valley State (Mich.). Both teams were ranked in the preseason Top 25 poll and fell out after the first week. Lenoir-Rhyne comes in at No. 24 after handing then-No. 23 Newberry a 35-14 loss, while Saginaw Valley State is No. 25 with a 6-1 mark after its 14-10 victory over Wayne State (Mich.). 

  There is only one Top 25 matchup this week as No. 4 Missouri Western State plays host to No. 12 Pittsburg State. This begins a four-week stretch for the Griffons where they could possibly face four straight ranked opponents to end the season. 

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 21, 2013

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week ElevenNext Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (25) 7-0 791 1 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 52-27 Oct. 26 vs. Winona St. (Minn.)
2. Northwest Missouri St. (7) 7-0 771 2 D. No. 7 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 24-15 Oct. 26 vs. Missouri Southern St.
3. Colorado St.-Pueblo 7-0 729 3 D. Colorado School of Mines, 48-28 Oct. 26 at Black Hills St. (S.D.)
4. Missouri Western St. 7-0 709 4 D. Missouri Southern St., 35-21 Oct. 26 vs. No. 12 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
5. Henderson St. (Ark.) 7-0 662 5 D. Arkansas Tech, 45-14 Oct. 26 at Harding (Ark.)
6. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 7-0 627 6 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 52-38 Oct. 26 vs. Cheyney (Pa.)
7. Minnesota-Duluth 6-1 558 9 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 52-0 Oct. 26 at Bemidji St. (Minn.)
8. North Carolina-Pembroke 6-0 543 10 D. Catawba (N.C.), 34-31 Oct. 26 at Newberry (S.C.)
9. Shepherd (W.Va.) 7-0 513 11 D. Notre Dame (Ohio), 57-17 Nov. 2 at Glenville St. (W.Va.)
10. Washburn (Kan.) 7-0 463 13 D. Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 41-0 Oct. 26 vs. Lindenwood (Mo.)
11. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 5-1 459 12 D. West Georgia, 35-30 Oct. 26 vs. North Alabama
12. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 6-1 424 7 Lost to No. 2 Northwest Missouri St., 24-15 Oct. 26 at No. 4 Missouri Western St.
13. West Chester (Pa.) 7-0 419 15 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 34-13 Oct. 26 at Shippensburg (Pa.)
14. Ohio Dominican 7-0 397 18 D. Findlay (Ohio), 41-21 Nov. 2 at Tiffin (Ohio)
15. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 6-1 340 16 D. St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 35-17 Oct. 26 at Livingstone (N.C.)
16. West Texas A&M 6-1 314 17 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 34-30 Oct. 26 at McMurry (Texas)
17. Emporia St. (Kan.) 7-0 287 20 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 52-21 Nov. 2 at No. 4 Missouri Western St.
18t. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 6-1 254 19 D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 45-17 Oct. 26 at North Greenville (S.C.)
18t. Midwestern St. (Texas) 5-1 254 24 D. No. 8 West Alabama, 45-21 Oct. 26 at Angelo St. (Texas)
20. Indianapolis (Ind.) 6-1 223 21 D. William Jewell (Mo.), 56-3 Oct. 26 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan
21. West Alabama 5-2 161 8 Lost to No. 24 Midwestern St. (Texas), 45-21 Oct. 26 vs. West Georgia
22. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 6-1 124 25 D. Mary (N.D.), 20-13 Oct. 26 vs. Northern St. (S.D.)
23. Tarleton St. (Texas) 5-1 119 14 Lost to Delta St. (Miss.), 38-36 Oct. 26 vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
24. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 6-1 86 NR D. No. 23 Newberry (S.C.), 35-14 Oct. 26 at Mars Hill (N.C.)
25. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 6-1 65 NR D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 14-10 Oct. 26 vs. Hillsdale (Mich.)

Dropped Out: Indiana (Pa.) (22), Newberry (S.C.) (23)

 Others Receiving Votes: Slippery Rock (Pa.), 33; Tuskegee (Ala.), 26; Chadron St. (Neb.), 10; Harding (Ark.), 10; Newberry (S.C.), 10; Virginia St., 9; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 5; Indiana (Pa.), 3; Delta St. (Miss.), 1; Stonehill (Mass.), 1.

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