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
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week Eleven||Next 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.