Minnesota State-Mankato Still No. 1 in Division II Poll

The top three teams in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll stayed the same this week, but an upset loss by then-No. 4 Henderson State (Ark.), and four other Top 25 losses caused a shakeup in the poll. No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato, No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 3 North Alabama remain the same, but Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) and Ferris State (Mich.) both jump up one spot to round out the top five.

No. 17 Harding’s (Ark.) upset of then-No. 4 Henderson State caused the Reddies to fall 10 places to No. 14 this week, giving No. 13 Ouachita Bapitst (Ark.) command of the Great American Conference title race. No. 6 Bloomsburg (Pa.) took control of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division after its 41-10 beating of then-No. 7 West Chester (Pa.) while No. 5 Ferris State controls its own destiny for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title after handing No. 21 Michigan Tech a 37-3 loss.

There are three Top 25 matchups this week, and they all have conference title implications. No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato and No. 10 Sioux Falls (S.D.) will battle for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division top spot while No. 3 North Alabama and No. 19 Delta State (Miss.) find out who will be the front-runner in the Gulf South Conference. The final matchup sees No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne traveling to No. 16 Carson-Newman (Tenn.) for the top spot in the South Atlantic Conference.

2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 27, 2014

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 8
Next Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (26) 8-0 762 1 D. Augustana (S.D.), 34-28 Nov. 1 vs. No. 10 Sioux Falls (S.D.)
2. Minnesota-Duluth (2) 8-0 740 2 D. Bemidji St. (Minn.), 38-10 Nov. 1 at Minnesota-Crookston
3. North Alabama (2) 7-0 714 3 D. West Georgia, 31-28 Nov. 1 at No. 19 Delta St. (Miss.)
4. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 8-0 660 5 D. Mars Hill (N.C.), 45-17 Nov. 1 at No. 16 Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
5. Ferris St. (Mich.) (1) 8-0 654 6 D. No. 13 Michigan Tech, 37-3 Nov. 1 vs. Lake Erie (Ohio)
6. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-0 596 8 D. No. 7 West Chester (Pa.), 41-10 Nov. 1 vs. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
7. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 7-1 553 9 D. Nebraska-Kearney, 36-21 Nov. 1 at Missouri Southern St.
8. Northwest Missouri St. 7-1 545 10 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 29-10 Nov. 1 vs. Missouri Western St.
9. Colorado St.-Pueblo 7-1 495 12 D. No. 11 Colorado School of Mines, 20-12 Nov. 1 vs. Black Hills St. (S.D.)
10. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-0 487 14 D. Winona St. (Minn.), 41-28 Nov. 1 at No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato
11. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 7-1 384 15 D. Livingstone (N.C.), 34-17 Nov. 1 at Shaw (N.C.)
12. Ohio Dominican 6-1 369 16 Idle Nov. 1 at Northwood (Mich.)
13. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 7-0 368 18 D. Arkansas Tech, 14-9 Nov. 1 vs. Southern Arkansas
14. Henderson St. (Ark.) 7-1 317 4 Lost to No. 23 Harding (Ark.), 28-24 Nov. 1 vs. Arkansas-Monticello
15. Concord (W.Va.) 8-0 311 19 D. Charleston (W.Va.), 24-20 Nov. 1 at Virginia-Wise
16. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 6-1 306 17 D. North Greenville (S.C.), 35-34 Nov. 1 vs. No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)
17. Harding (Ark.) 6-1 279 23 D. No. 4 Henderson St. (Ark.), 28-24 Nov. 1 vs. Southeastern Oklahoma St.
18. Colorado School of Mines 7-1 272 11 Lost to No. 12 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 20-12 Nov. 1 vs. Colorado Mesa
19. Delta St. (Miss.) 6-1 243 20 D. West Alabama, 45-24 Nov. 1 vs. No. 3 North Alabama
20. West Chester (Pa.) 7-1 238 7 Lost to No. 8 Bloomsburg (Pa.), 41-10 Nov. 1 vs. Cheyney (Pa.)
21. Michigan Tech 6-1 188 13 Lost to No. 6 Ferris St. (Mich.), 37-3 Nov. 1 at Tiffin (Ohio)
22. Shepherd (W.Va.) 6-1 162 21 Idle Nov. 1 vs. Glenville St. (W.Va.)
23. Ashland (Ohio) 7-1 135 24 D. Northern Michigan, 44-14 Nov. 1 at Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
24. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 7-1 104 25 D. South Dakota Mines, 52-30 Nov. 1 vs. Western Oregon
25. California (Pa.) 7-1 45 NR D. Clarion (Pa.), 43-32 Nov. 1 vs. Gannon (Pa.)

Dropped Out: Texas A&M-Commerce (22)

Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M-Commerce, 30; Indianapolis (Ind.), 28; Midwestern St. (Texas), 22; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 16; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 15; Central Missouri, 13; Central Oklahoma, 11; West Georgia, 6; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 4; Angelo St. (Texas), 3.

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