Lenoir-Rhyne Rises to No. 3 in AFCA Division II Poll

Thanks to North Alabama’s loss to Delta State (Miss.), Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) rose to No. 3 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll this week. The Bears beat then-No. 16 Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 35-32, moving its record to 9-0 and taking control of the South Atlantic Conference title race. Minnesota State-Mankato still sits No. 1 with 28 first-place votes, followed by conference rival Minnesota-Duluth at No. 2. Ferris State (Mich.) and Bloomsburg (Pa.) round out the Top 5.

With North Alabama’s loss, there are only seven undefeated teams left in Division II with two weeks left to go in the 2014 regular season. The Top 5 teams in the poll are all undefeated, along with No. 9 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) and No. 13 Concord (W.Va.). 

Delta State made the biggest jump in the poll, moving up seven spots to No. 12, while North Alabama had the biggest fall, going down 12 places to No. 15. Only one team dropped out of the rankings this week, allowing Indianapolis (Ind.) to re-enter the poll at No. 25 after a seven-week layoff. There is only one Top 25 matchup this week as No. 20 Michigan Tech plays host to No. 22 Ashland (Ohio).

2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 3, 2014

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 8Next Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (28) 9-0 770 1 D. No. 10 Sioux Falls (S.D.), 27-14 Nov. 8 at Wayne St. (Neb.)
2. Minnesota-Duluth (1) 9-0 743 2 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 77-3 Nov. 8 vs. Mary (N.D.)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) (2) 9-0 715 4 D. No. 16 Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 35-32 Nov. 8 at Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.)
4. Ferris St. (Mich.) 9-0 677 5 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 66-56 Nov. 8 vs. Northern Michigan
5. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 9-0 643 6 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 34-13 Nov. 8 at Lock Haven (Pa.)
6. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 8-1 608 7 D. Missouri Southern St., 41-10 Nov. 8 vs. Central Missouri
7. Northwest Missouri St. 8-1 580 8 D. Missouri Western St., 40-3 Nov. 8 at Emporia St. (Kan.)
8. Colorado St.-Pueblo 8-1 536 9 D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 49-7 Nov. 8 at Colorado Mesa
9. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 8-0 466 13 D. Southern Arkansas, 38-28 Nov. 8 at Arkansas-Monticello
10. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 8-1 444 11 D. Shaw (N.C.), 61-10 Nov. 8 at Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
11. Ohio Dominican 7-1 437 12 D. Northwood (Mich.), 49-21 Nov. 8 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
12. Delta St. (Miss.) 7-1 402 19 D. No. 3 North Alabama, 33-28 Nov. 8 vs. Concordia (Ala.)
13. Concord (W.Va.) 9-0 383 15 D. Virginia-Wise, 30-13 Nov. 8 vs. Notre Dame (Ohio)
14. Henderson St. (Ark.) 8-1 377 14 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 49-7 Nov. 8 vs. Southern Arkansas
15. North Alabama 7-1 372 3 Lost to No. 19 Delta St. (Miss.), 33-28 Nov. 8 vs. Shorter (Ga.)
16. Harding (Ark.) 7-1 313 17 D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 51-6 Nov. 8 at East Central (Okla.)
17. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-1 304 10 Lost to No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato, 27-14 Nov. 8 vs. Upper Iowa
18. West Chester (Pa.) 8-1 250 20 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 58-0 Nov. 8 at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
19. Colorado School of Mines 8-1 244 18 D. Colorado Mesa, 37-23 Nov. 8 at Western St. (Colo.)
20. Michigan Tech 7-1 183 21 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 35-17 Nov. 8 vs. No. 22 Ashland (Ohio)
21. Shepherd (W.Va.) 7-1 157 22 D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 37-14 Nov. 8 at West Virginia St.
22. Ashland (Ohio) 8-1 141 23 D. Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 37-14 Nov. 8 at No. 20 Michigan Tech
23. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 8-1 104 24 D. Western Oregon, 19-18 Nov. 8 at Simon Fraser (B.C.)
24. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 6-2 77 16 Lost to No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 35-32 Nov. 8 at Newberry (S.C.)
25. Indianapolis (Ind.) 8-1 48 NR D. St. Joseph’s (Ind.), 36-33 4OT Nov. 8 at Missouri S&T

Dropped Out: California (Pa.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Humboldt St. (Calif.), 19; Texas A&M-Commerce, 18; Midwestern St. (Texas), 16; Central Missouri, 13; Angelo St. (Texas), 12; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 11; West Georgia, 9; Central Oklahoma, 1; East Central (Okla.), 1; Virginia St., 1.

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