Clarion Earns Its First-Ever Ranking in AFCA DII Poll

Clarion (Pa.), who sits 7-0 and is off to the program’s best start since 1983, earned their first-ever ranking in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Eagles come in at No. 25 and are tied atop the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division standings. Two other schools joined Clarion as newcomers to this week’s Top 25. No. 21 Wingate (N.C.) handed then-No. 16 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) a 24-14 loss, dropping the Bears out of the poll, while Colorado Mesa comes in at No. 23, which is the Mavericks first ranking since the preseason poll of 2008, where they were ranked 23rd.  

There are four Top 25 matchups this week, with all four being key conference games. No. 2 West Georgia plays host to No. 13 North Alabama, with first place in the Gulf South Conference on the line. No. 17 Michigan Tech travels to No. 4 Ferris State (Mich.) as the Huskies try to keep pace in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while No. 6 Colorado State-Pueblo hosts No. 7 Colorado School of Mines with first place on the line in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The final matchup is for first place in the Lone Star Conference as No. 10 Midwestern State (Texas) travels to No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce. 


2015 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 19, 2015

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 7
Next Game
1. Minnesota St. (27) 7-0 794 1 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 51-10 Oct. 24 vs. Winona St. (Minn.)
2. West Georgia (5) 7-0 763 2 D. No. 15 Delta St. (Miss.), 28-7 Oct. 24 vs. No. 13 North Alabama
3. Northwest Missouri St. 7-0 741 3 D. No. 22 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 31-14 Oct. 24 vs. Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
4. Ferris St. (Mich.) 6-0 702 4 D. Ohio Dominican, 38-17 Oct. 24 vs. No. 17 Michigan Tech
5. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 7-0 671 5 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 34-26 Oct. 24 vs. Augustana (S.D.)
6. Colorado St.-Pueblo 6-1 622 6 D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 48-10 Oct. 24 vs. No. 7 Colorado School of Mines
7. Colorado School of Mines 7-0 597 7 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 48-28 Oct. 24 at No. 6 Colorado St.-Pueblo
8. Ashland (Ohio) 7-0 576 8 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 52-21 Oct. 24 at Northern Michigan
9. Shepherd (W.Va.) 6-0 545 9 D. West Virginia St., 46-17 Oct. 24 at Concord (W.Va.)
10. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-0 539 11 D. No. 10 Humboldt St. (Calif.), 35-10 Oct. 24 at No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce
11. Texas A&M-Commerce 6-1 460 14 D. West Texas A&M, 38-20 Oct. 24 vs. No. 10 Midwestern St. (Texas)
12. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 6-1 426 18 D. No. 12 Michigan Tech, 38-21 Oct. 24 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
13. North Alabama 5-1 424 17 D. North Carolina-Pembroke, 62-28 Oct. 24 at No. 2 West Georgia
14. Henderson St. (Ark.) 6-1 352 19 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 41-3 Oct. 24 vs. Southern Arkansas
15. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 6-1 304 20 D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 35-24 Oct. 24 vs. Indiana (Pa.)
16. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 5-1 256 10 Lost to No. 11 Midwestern St. (Texas), 35-10 Oct. 24 at Central Washington
17. Michigan Tech 5-1 250 12 Lost to No. 18 Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 38-21 Oct. 24 at No. 4 Ferris St. (Mich.)
18. Tuskegee (Ala.) 6-1 230 23 D. Stillman (Ala.), 49-20 Oct. 24 at Kentucky St.
19. Emporia St. (Kan.) 6-1 179 13 Lost to Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 27-24 Oct. 24 vs. Missouri Western St.
20. Minnesota-Duluth 5-2 176 21 D. Mary (N.D.), 45-0 Oct. 24 vs. Minnesota-Crookston
21. Wingate (N.C.) 6-1 147 NR D. No. 16 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 24-14 Oct. 24 vs. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
22. Delta St. (Miss.)
5-2 138 15 Lost to No. 2 West Georgia, 28-7 Oct. 24 vs. West Alabama
23. Colorado Mesa
6-1 117 NR D. Western New Mexico, 52-26 Oct. 24 at Fort Lewis (Colo.)
24. Angelo St. (Texas) 5-2 92 25 D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 39-34 Oct. 24 at Eastern New Mexico
25. Clarion (Pa.)
7-0 77 NR D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 44-29 Oct. 24 at California (Pa.)

Dropped Out: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) (16), Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (22), Arkansas Tech (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 40; Indianapolis (Ind.), 37; Charleston (W.Va.), 35; Virginia Union, 23; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 21; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 19; East Central (Okla.), 13; Indiana (Pa.), 9; Assumption (Mass.), 7; Bowie St. (Md.), 6; Central Missouri, 5; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 2; North Greenville (S.C.), 2; Southwest Minnesota St., 2; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 1.

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