Virginia State Makes First Appearance in Division II Poll

After receiving votes for three straight weeks, Virginia State finally broke into the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in the program’s history at No. 25t. The Trojans are 8-1 on the season after beating Chowan (N.C.), 28-0, and claimed the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association North Division title.

  Minnesota State-Mankato still holds the top spot with 22 first-place votes, but lost two first-place votes to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, who has nine this week, and one first-place vote to No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo. Henderson State (Ark.) and Minnesota-Duluth round out the top five. Six top 25 teams lost this past weekend, causing a shakeup in the poll from No. 5 on down. West Texas A&M and West Alabama dropped out this week, allowing three new teams to enter. Tuskegee (Ala.) and North Alabama come in at No. 23 and No. 24, respectively, along with previously mentioned No. 25t Virginia State. 

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 4, 2013

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week EightNext Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (22) 9-0 788 1 D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 45-3 Nov. 9 at Sioux Falls (S.D.)
2. Northwest Missouri St. (9) 9-0 776 2 D. No. 8 Washburn (Kan.), 52-21 Nov. 9 at No. 10 Emporia St. (Kan.)
3. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 9-0 737 3 D. Colorado Mesa, 34-6 Nov. 9 at New Mexico Highlands
4. Henderson St. (Ark.) 9-0 677 4 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 37-21 Nov. 9 vs. Southern Arkansas
5. Minnesota-Duluth 8-1 651 6 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 57-3 Nov. 9 at Mary (N.D.)
6. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 8-1 618 7 D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 70-0 Nov. 9 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
7. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-0 604 9 D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 45-19 Nov. 9 vs. West Virginia St.
8. West Chester (Pa.) 9-0 566 10 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 66-14 Nov. 9 vs. No. 16 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
9. Ohio Dominican 8-0 553 11 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 18-0 Nov. 9 vs. Lake Erie (Ohio)
10. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-0 525 14 D. No. 12 Missouri Western St., 35-30 Nov. 9 vs. No. 2 Northwest Missouri St.
11. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 8-1 486 13 D. Shaw (N.C.), 28-24 Nov. 9 vs. Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-1 414 17 D. Menlo (Calif.), 64-7 Nov. 9 at Eastern New Mexico
13. Indianapolis (Ind.) 8-1 356 18 D. St. Joseph’s (Ind.), 27-24 Nov. 9 vs. Quincy (Ill.)
14. North Carolina-Pembroke 7-1 344 19 D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 60-20 Nov. 7 at Valdosta St. (Ga.)
15. Washburn (Kan.) 8-1 339 8 Lost to No. 2 Northwest Missouri St., 52-21 Nov. 9 vs. No. 22 Missouri Western St.
16. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-1 310 5 Lost to Shippensburg (Pa.), 34-18 Nov. 9 at No. 8 West Chester (Pa.)
17. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 8-1 295 21 D. Bemidji St. (Minn.), 45-6 Nov. 9 vs. Minot St. (N.D.)
18. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 8-1 282 22 D. No. 16 Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 37-3 Nov. 9 vs. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.)
19. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 8-1 234 23 D. Michigan Tech, 55-35 Nov. 9 vs. Northern Michigan
20. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 8-1 200 24 D. California (Pa.), 35-17 Nov. 9 at Seton Hill (Pa.)
21. Newberry (S.C.) 8-1 144 25 D. Brevard (N.C.), 28-21 Nov. 9 at No. 25t Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
22. Missouri Western St. 7-2 143 12 Lost to No. 14 Emporia St. (Kan.), 35-30 Nov. 9 at No. 15 Washburn (Kan.)
23. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-1 75 NR D. Central St. (Ohio), 41-10 Nov. 9 vs. Miles (Ala.)
24. North Alabama 6-2 66 NR D. No. 20 West Alabama, 30-27 OT Nov. 9 at Florida Tech
25t. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 7-2 36 16 Lost to No. 22 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 37-3 Nov. 9 vs. No. 21 Newberry (S.C.)
25t. Virginia St. 8-1 36 NR D. Chowan (N.C.), 28-0 Nov. 9 vs. Virginia Union

Dropped Out: West Texas A&M (15), West Alabama (20)

Others Receiving Votes: West Texas A&M, 32, Delta St. (Miss.), 30; Chadron St. (Neb.), 27; West Alabama, 9; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 8; Indiana (Pa.), 8; Stonehill (Mass.), 8; Tarleton St. (Texas), 8; American International (Mass.), 6; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 5; Ferris St. (Mich.), 3; Harding (Ark.), 1.

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