Pittsburg State Stuns Northwest Missouri State

There is a new No. 1 team in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll thanks to an upset loss by Northwest Missouri State. Pittsburg State (Kan.) handed the Bearcats a 35-17 loss during homecoming, ending Northwest Missouri State’s 22-game winning streak. With the win, the Gorillas jump to No. 9 in this week’s poll, while Northwest Missouri State falls to No. 10. Minnesota State-Mankato takes over the No. 1 spot with 24 first-place votes. The Mavericks are followed by conference rival Minnesota-Duluth at No. 2, with North Alabama, Henderson State (Ark.) and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) rounding out the Top 5.

Four Top 25 matchups with key conference title implications highlight next weekend’s action. No. 4 Henderson State puts its top spot in the Great American Conference on the line against No. 23 Harding while No. 6 Ferris State (Mich.) and No. 13 Michigan Tech battle for the top spot in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. No. 7 West Chester (Pa.) and No. 8 Bloomsburg (Pa.) play to see who is No. 1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division while No. 11 Colorado School of Mines looks to remain unbeaten and keep their top spot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference against No. 12 Colorado State-Pueblo.

2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 20, 2014

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 7Next Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (24) 7-0 760 2 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 38-6 Oct. 25 at Augustana (S.D.)
2. Minnesota-Duluth (4) 7-0 739 3 D. Northern St. (S.D.), 43-30 Oct. 25 vs. Bemidji St. (Minn.)
3. North Alabama (2) 6-0 708 4 D. Florida Tech, 34-31 Oct. 25 vs. West Georgia
4. Henderson St. (Ark.) 7-0 649 6 D. Arkansas Tech, 24-3 Oct. 25 vs. No. 23 Harding (Ark.)
5. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 7-0 630 5 D. Newberry (S.C.), 23-10 Oct. 25 vs. Mars Hill (N.C.)
6. Ferris St. (Mich.) (1) 7-0 594 11 D. No. 7 Ohio Dominican, 34-19 Oct. 25 at No. 13 Michigan Tech
7. West Chester (Pa.) 7-0 573 10 D. Shippensburg (Pa.), 55-28 Oct. 25 at No. 8 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
8. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 7-0 520 12 D. Kutztown (Pa.), 31-13 Oct. 25 vs. No. 7 West Chester (Pa.)
9. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 6-1 485 17 D. No. 1 Northwest Missouri St., 35-17 Oct. 25 vs. Nebraska-Kearney
10. Northwest Missouri St. 6-1 467 1 Lost to No. 17 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 35-17 Oct. 25 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
11. Colorado School of Mines 7-0 450 15 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 56-14 Oct. 25 vs. No. 12 Colorado St.-Pueblo
12. Colorado St.-Pueblo 6-1 398 14 D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 41-13 Oct. 25 at No. 11 Colorado School of Mines
13. Michigan Tech 6-0 341 20 D. Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 35-14 Oct. 25 vs. No. 6 Ferris St. (Mich.)
14. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 7-0 339 19 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 44-20 Oct. 25 at Winona St. (Minn.)
15. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 6-1 323 16 D. St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 36-13 Oct. 25 vs. Livingstone (N.C.)
16. Ohio Dominican 6-1 322 7 Lost to No. 11 Ferris St. (Mich.), 34-19 Nov. 1 at Northwood (Mich.)
17. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 5-1 291 18 D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 55-35 Oct. 25 vs. North Greenville (S.C.)
18. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6-0 290 22 D. No. 13 Harding (Ark.), 31-28 OT Oct. 25 vs. Arkansas Tech
19. Concord (W.Va.) 7-0 246 21 D. West Virginia Wesleyan, 61-12 Oct. 25 vs. Charleston (W.Va.)
20. Delta St. (Miss.) 5-1 177 9 Lost to West Georgia, 24-16 Oct. 25 at West Alabama
21. Shepherd (W.Va.) 6-1 169 8 Lost to Notre Dame (Ohio), 35-34 Nov. 1 vs. Glenville St. (W.Va.)
22. Texas A&M-Commerce 6-1 164 23 D. West Texas A&M, 48-21 Oct. 25 at Midwestern St. (Texas)
23. Harding (Ark.) 5-1 101 13 Lost to No. 22 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 31-28 OT Oct. 25 at No. 4 Henderson St. (Ark.)
24. Ashland (Ohio) 6-1 96 24 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 17-7 Oct. 25 vs. Northern Michigan
25. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 6-1 80 25 D. Dixie St. (Utah), 49-27 Oct. 25 at South Dakota Mines

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: West Georgia, 66; California (Pa.), 27; Indianapolis (Ind.), 14; Central Missouri, 13; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 11; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 11; Missouri Western St., 10; Central Oklahoma, 7; Virginia Union, 3; Midwestern St. (Texas), 1.

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