Northwest Missouri State Still No. 1 in Division II Poll

Northwest Missouri State opened the 2014 season in dominant fashion, beating Nebraska-Kearney, 31-7, and held onto their No. 1 ranking after receiving all 32 first-place votes. Previous No. 2 Grand Valley State (Mich.) lost in double overtime to then-No. 22 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 26-23, and fell 16 spots to No. 18, allowing Colorado State-Pueblo to take over the No. 2 spot in this week’s poll. The ThunderWolves beat then-No. 11 West Texas A&M, 35-6. Minnesota-Duluth stays at No. 3 while Minnesota State-Mankato jumps to the No. 4 spot after a 31-0 blanking of then-No. 15 St. Cloud State (Minn.). North Alabama rounds out the Top 5.

2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 8, 2014

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Season OpenerNext Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (32) 1-0 800 1 D. Nebraska-Kearney, 31-7 Sept. 11 at Missouri Southern St.
2. Colorado St.-Pueblo 1-0 749 4 D. No. 11 West Texas A&M, 35-6 Sept. 13 at Sam Houston St. (Texas)
3. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0 710 3 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 20-13 Sept. 13 at Augustana (S.D.)
4. Minnesota St.-Mankato 1-0 672 7 D. No. 15 St. Cloud State (Minn.), 31-0 Sept. 13 at Minnesota St.-Moorhead
5. North Alabama 0-0 626 5 Idle Sept. 13 at Mississippi College
6. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 1-0 617 6 D. Point (Ga.), 41-10 Sept. 13 at Virginia St.
7. Henderson St. (Ark.) 1-0 600 8 D. Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 72-7 Sept. 13 at Nicholls St. (La.)
8. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 1-0 596 9 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 37-0 Sept. 11 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
9. West Chester (Pa.) 1-0 499 10 D. New Haven (Conn.), 35-30 Sept. 13 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.)
10. Ohio Dominican 1-0 466 13 D. Malone (Ohio), 59-14 Sept. 13 at No. 18 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
11. Shepherd (W.Va.) 1-0 465 12 D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 38-13 Sept. 13 vs. Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
12. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 1-0 462 14 D. No. 21 North Carolina-Pembroke, 38-7 Sept. 13 vs. No. 23 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
13. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 1-0 399 16 D. Edinboro (Pa.), 38-24 Sept. 13 at Wayne St. (Mich.)
14. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 1-0 336 22t D. No. 2 Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 26-23, 2OT Sept. 13 at Humboldt St. (Calif.)
15. Indianapolis (Ind.) 1-0 322 18 D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 24-10 Sept. 13 at St. Xavier (Ill.)
16. Tarleton St. (Texas) 0-0 284 17 Idle Sept. 13 at No. 22 West Texas A&M
17. Delta St. (Miss.) 1-0 282 19 D. Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 56-13 Sept. 20 at No. 23 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
18. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 0-1 278 2 Lost to No. 22 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 26-23, 2OT Sept. 13 vs. No. 10 Ohio Dominican
19. Emporia St. (Kan.) 1-0 239 22t D. Missouri Southern St., 53-28 Sept. 11 at Central Missouri
20. Indiana (Pa.) 1-0 218 20 D. St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 41-19 Sept. 13 at Kutztown (Pa.)
21. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 1-0 158 24 D. Stonehill (Mass.), 24-7 Sept. 13 vs. California (Pa.)
22. West Texas A&M 0-1 120 11 Lost to No. 4 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 35-6 Sept. 13 vs. No. 16 Tarleton St. (Texas)
23. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 1-0 71 NR D. Albany St. (Ga.), 38-10 Sept. 13 vs. No. 12 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)
24. Ferris St. (Mich.) 1-0 70 NR D. McKendree (Ill.), 75-14 Sept. 13 at Northwood (Mich.)
25t. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 0-1 56 15 Lost to No. 7 Minnesota St.-Mankato, 31-0 Sept. 13 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
25t. West Alabama 1-0 56 NR D. Stillman (Ala.), 44-20 Sept. 13 vs. Shaw (N.C.)

Dropped Out: North Carolina-Pembroke (21), Tuskegee (Ala.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Missouri Western St., 54; Colorado School of Mines, 22; Harding (Ark.), 20; Winona St. (Minn.), 20; Midwestern St. (Texas), 18; California (Pa.), 17; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 10; American International (Mass.), 9; Findlay (Ohio), 8; North Carolina-Pembroke, 8; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 8; Tuskegee (Ala.), 8; Concord (W.Va.), 7; Michigan Tech, 6; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 6; Chadron St. (Neb.), 5; Charleston (W.Va.), 4; Florida Tech, 4; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 4; West Georgia, 4; Miles (Ala.), 2; Newberry (S.C.), 2; Ashland (Ohio), 1; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 1; Texas A&M-Commerce, 1.

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