Arkansas Tech in Division II Poll for First Time Since 2009

After a 30-12 victory over then-No. 20 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Arkansas Tech enters the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since December 14, 2009, when they ended that season ranked No. 18. The Wonder Boys are ranked No. 24 with a 5-1 record and sit atop the Great American Conference standings.

The top five remain the same this week with Minnesota State still holding onto the No. 1 spot, but changes in the poll happened from No. 6 on down, thanks to Western Oregon’s upset of then-No. 6 North Alabama, coupled with six other Top 25 losses. North Alabama fell to No. 17 while Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Valdosta State (Ga.), Harding (Ark.) and Wingate (N.C.) all fell out of the Top 25 after their losses this past weekend. Henderson State (Ark.), who beat then-No. 22 Harding (Ark.), jumps into the poll for the first time this year at No. 19. Slippery Rock (Pa.) and Tuskegee (Ala.) also re-enter the poll at No. 20 and No. 23, respectively.

There are four Top 25 matchups this week, with the biggest one being No. 2 West Georiga traveling to No. 15 Delta State (Miss.) as the Wolves try to keep pace with North Alabama for the top spot in the Gulf South Conference.

2015 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 12, 2015

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 6
Next Game
1. Minnesota St. (28) 6-0 795 1 D. Augustana (S.D.), 35-27 Oct. 17 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
2. West Georgia (4) 6-0 763 2 D. No. 21 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 49-28 Oct. 17 at No. 15 Delta St. (Miss.)
3. Northwest Missouri St. 6-0 737 3 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 69-0 Oct. 17 at No. 22 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
4. Ferris St. (Mich.) 5-0 703 4 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 56-21 Oct. 17 vs. Ohio Dominican
5. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 6-0 673 5 D. Winona St. (Minn.), 51-30 Oct. 17 at Southwest Minnesota St.
6. Colorado St.-Pueblo 5-1 599 7 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 45-9 Oct. 17 at Chadron St. (Neb.)
7. Colorado School of Mines 6-0 596 8 D. Western New Mexico, 51-24 Oct. 17 vs. Fort Lewis (Colo.)
8. Ashland (Ohio) 6-0 574 9 D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 33-7 Oct. 17 vs. Hillsdale (Mich.)
9. Shepherd (W.Va.) 5-0 518 10 D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 48-31 Oct. 17 vs. West Virginia St.
10. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 5-0 496 11 D. Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 34-16 Oct. 17 at No. 11 Midwestern St. (Texas)
11. Midwestern St. (Texas) 6-0 464 12 D. West Texas A&M, 24-17 Oct. 17 vs. No. 10 Humboldt St. (Calif.)
12. Michigan Tech 5-0 457 14 D. Northwood (Mich.), 30-14 Oct. 17 at No. 18 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
13. Emporia St. (Kan.) 6-0 407 18 D. No. 13 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 46-42 Oct. 17 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
14. Texas A&M-Commerce 5-1 367 15 D. No. 16 Angelo St. (Texas), 38-35 Oct. 17 at West Texas A&M
15. Delta St. (Miss.) 5-1 363 17 D. Shorter (Ga.), 38-17 Oct. 17 vs. No. 2 West Georgia
16. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 4-1 323 19 D. Faith (Fla.), 92-0 Oct. 17 vs. Wingate (N.C.)
17. North Alabama 4-1 306 6 Lost to Western Oregon, 24-22 Oct. 17 vs. North Carolina-Pembroke
18. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-1 256 24 D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 38-17 Oct. 17 vs. No. 12 Michigan Tech
19. Henderson St. (Ark.) 5-1 134 NR D. No. 22 Harding (Ark.), 22-17 Oct. 17 at Arkansas-Monticello
20. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 5-1 131 NR D. California (Pa.), 56-21 Oct. 17 at Mercyhurst (Pa.)
21. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2 123 25 D. St. Cloud State (Minn.), 34-27 Oct. 17 at Mary (N.D.)
22. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 4-2 100 13 Lost to No. 18 Emporia St. (Kan.), 46-42 Oct. 17 vs. No. 3 Northwest Missouri St.
23. Tuskegee (Ala.) 5-1 92 NR D. Morehouse (Ga.), 35-7 Oct 17 vs. Stillman (Ala.)
24. Arkansas Tech 5-1 73 NR D. No. 20 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 30-12 Oct. 17 at East Central (Okla.)
25. Angelo St. (Texas) 4-2 63 16 Lost to No. 15 Texas A&M-Commerce, 38-35 Oct. 17 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville

Dropped Out: Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) (20), Valdosta St. (Ga.) (21), Harding (Ark.) (22), Wingate (N.C.) (23)

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado Mesa, 59; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 40; Wingate (N.C.), 40; North Carolina-Pembroke, 37; Charleston (W.Va.), 30; Indianapolis (Ind.), 21; Virginia Union, 16; Central Missouri, 13; Bowie St. (Md.), 10; Clarion (Pa.), 6; Concord (W.Va.), 4; Harding (Ark.), 4; Indiana (Pa.), 2; Southwest Minnesota St., 2; Assumption (Mass.), 1; East Central (Okla.), 1; Missouri Western St., 1.

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