Losses by 5 Top 25 Teams Cause Shakeup in Division II Poll

Losses by five ranked teams in last week’s Top 25, including an upset loss by then-No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo, caused a big shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Northwest Missouri State still holds the top spot with all 31 first-place votes, but Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota-Duluth, North Alabama and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) all moved up one spot apiece to round out the Top 5.


Colorado State-Pueblo had the biggest drop in the poll, falling 12 spots to No. 14 after its loss to Fort Lewis, but losses by Slippery Rock (Pa.), West Georgia, Humboldt State (Calif.) and Midwestern State (Texas) caused all four of those teams to drop out of the poll. Three newcomers and one repeat Top 25 member enter the poll this week. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), whose last Top 25 ranking was on October 22, 2012, comes in at No. 22 while No. 23 Texas A&M-Commerce makes its first appearance since the preseason poll of 2008. No. 24 Ashland (Ohio) makes its first appearance since September 9, 2013, while No. 25 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) re-enters the poll after a four week layoff.

2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 13, 2014

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 6Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (31) 6-0 775 1 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 51-20 Oct. 18 vs. No. 17 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato 6-0 730 3 D. Winona St. (Minn.), 44-24 Oct. 17 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
3. Minnesota-Duluth 6-0 707 4 D. St. Cloud State (Minn.), 44-21 Oct. 18 vs. Northern St. (S.D.)
4. North Alabama 5-0 672 5 D. North Carolina-Pembroke, 27-6 Oct. 18 at Florida Tech
5. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 6-0 618 6 D. North Greenville (S.C.), 32-21 Oct. 18 at Newberry (S.C.)
6. Henderson St. (Ark.) 6-0 617 7 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 28-14 Oct. 18 at Arkansas Tech
7. Ohio Dominican 6-0 582 8 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 9-3 Oct. 18 vs. No. 11 Ferris St. (Mich.)
8. Shepherd (W.Va.) 6-0 538 9 D. Virginia-Wise, 51-0 Oct. 18 at Notre Dame (Ohio)
9. Delta St. (Miss.) 5-0 497 11 D. Shorter (Ga.), 35-20 Oct. 18 at West Georgia
10. West Chester (Pa.) 6-0 487 10 D. Kutztown (Pa.), 29-7 Oct. 18 vs. Shippensburg (Pa.)
11. Ferris St. (Mich.) 6-0 454 13 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 68-20 Oct. 18 at No. 7 Ohio Dominican
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6-0 431 12 D. Millersville (Pa.), 41-0 Oct. 18 at Kutztown (Pa.)
13. Harding (Ark.) 5-0 364 14 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 55-15 Oct. 18 vs. No. 22 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
14. Colorado St.-Pueblo 5-1 360 2 Lost to Fort Lewis (Colo.), 23-22 Oct. 18 vs. Chadron St. (Neb.)
15. Colorado School of Mines 6-0 317 16 D. Western New Mexico, 44-37 Oct. 16 at Fort Lewis (Colo.)
16. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 5-1 312 15 D. Johnson C. Smith (N.C.), 37-0 Oct. 18 vs. St. Augustine’s (N.C.)
17. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 5-1 274 18 D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 45-17 Oct. 18 at No. 1 Northwest Missouri St.
18. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 4-1 259 17 Idle Oct. 18 at Tusculum (Tenn.)
19. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 6-0 252 20 D. Augustana (S.D.), 23-12 Oct. 18 vs. Southwest Minnesota St.
20. Michigan Tech 5-0 206 22 D. Northwood (Mich.), 21-6 Oct. 18 vs. Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
21. Concord (W.Va.) 6-0 144 23 D. Urbana (Ohio), 50-20 Oct. 18 at West Virginia Wesleyan
22. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 5-0 107 NR D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 41-10 Oct. 18 at No. 13 Harding (Ark.)
23. Texas A&M-Commerce 5-1 87 NR D. Angelo St. (Texas), 41-40 Oct. 18 vs. West Texas A&M
24. Ashland (Ohio) 5-1 61 NR D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 38-7 Oct. 18 at Hillsdale (Mich.)
25. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 5-1 58 NR D. No. 24 Humboldt St. (Calif.), 55-21 Oct. 18 vs. Dixie St. (Utah)

Dropped Out: Slippery Rock (Pa.) (19), West Georgia (21), Humboldt St. (Calif.) (24), Midwestern St. (Texas) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Central Oklahoma, 48; California (Pa.), 41; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 17; West Texas A&M, 9; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 8; Indianapolis (Ind.), 7; West Georgia, 7; American International (Mass.), 6; Missouri Western St., 6; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 6; Indiana (Pa.), 5; Central Missouri, 4; Midwestern St. (Texas), 1; Virginia Union, 1.

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