Bemidji State enters Top 25 poll for first time since 2011

Fresh off of their 45-17 upset of then-No. 6 Minnesota State, Bemidji State (Minn.) jumps into the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since October 17, 2011. The Beavers are ranked No. 24 and sit 2-0 on the season. Northwest Missouri State still holds the top spot with all 30 first-place votes; they are followed by new No. 2 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 3 West Georgia, No. 4 Shepherd (W.Va.) and No. 5 Ashland (Ohio).

Azusa Pacific (Calif.) made the biggest jump this week, moving up eight places to No. 16 after its 38-27 win over then-No. 13 Humboldt State (Calif.), while Minnesota State had the largest drop, falling 15 spots to No. 21.

There are two Top 25 matchups this week, with the first being an important game in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as No. 10 Colorado School of Mines plays host to No. 23 Colorado Mesa. The second matchup sees longtime rivals No. 20 North Alabama hosting No. 22 Valdosta State (Ga.) in Florence, Alabama.

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 12, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 2Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (30) 2-0 750 1 D. Washburn (Kan.), 41-7 Sept. 17 vs. Nebraska-Kearney
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 2-0 690 3 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 55-7 Sept. 17 vs. Northern Michigan
3. West Georgia 2-0 689 2 D. Miles (Ala.), 29-0 Sept. 17 vs. Delta St. (Miss.)
4. Shepherd (W.Va.) 2-0 649 4 D. Charleston (W.Va.), 38-22 Sept. 17 vs. Virginia-Wise
5. Ashland (Ohio) 2-0 619 5 D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 36-25 Sept. 17 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
6. Ferris St. (Mich.) 2-0 594 7 D. Michigan Tech, 30-28 Sept. 17 at Northwood (Mich.)
7. Texas A&M-Commerce 1-0 553 8 D. Delta St. (Miss.), 40-28 Sept. 17 at Eastern New Mexico
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) 2-0 523 9 D. East Central (Okla.), 34-7 Sept. 17 vs. Northwestern Oklahoma St.
9. Indiana (Pa.) 1-0 517 10 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 73-42 Sept. 17 at Cheyney (Pa.)
10. Colorado School of Mines 2-0 462 11 D. New Mexico Highlands, 54-14 Sept. 17 vs. No. 23 Colorado Mesa
11. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 2-0 460 12 D. West Chester (Pa.), 36-28 Sept. 17 at Lock Haven (Pa.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 1-0 364 14 Idle Sept. 17 at Texas A&M-Kingsville
13. Tuskegee (Ala.) 2-0 359 15 D. Albany St. (Ga.), 28-18 Sept. 17 vs. Florida A&M
14. Central Missouri 2-0 354 16 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 34-17 Sept. 17 at Missouri Western St.
15. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 2-0 297 17 D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 42-21 Sept. 17 at Minot St. (N.D.)
16. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 2-0 251 24 D. No. 13 Humboldt St. (Calif.), 38-27 Sept. 17 at Central Washington
17. Assumption (Mass.) 2-0 244 18 D. Pace (N.Y.), 59-16 Sept. 16 vs. Southern Connecticut St.
18. Augustana (S.D.) 2-0 216 21 D. Mary (N.D.), 63-0 Sept. 17 vs. Minnesota-Crookston
19. Florida Tech 2-0 212 22 D. Mississippi College, 41-0 Sept. 17 at Shorter (Ga.)
20. North Alabama 0-1 196 20 Idle Sept. 17 vs. No. 22 Valdosta St. (Ga.)
21. Minnesota St. 1-1 144 6 Lost to Bemidji St. (Minn.), 45-17 Sept. 17 at St. Cloud State (Minn.)
22. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 1-0 133 23 Idle Sept. 17 at No. 20 North Alabama
23. Colorado Mesa 2-0 115 25 D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 47-33 Sept. 17 at No. 10 Colorado School of Mines
24. Bemidji St. (Minn.) 2-0 100 NR D. No. 6 Minnesota St., 45-17 Sept. 17 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
25. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 1-1 57 13 Lost to No. 24 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 38-27 Sept. 17 at Simon Fraser (B.C.)

Dropped Out: Colorado St.-Pueblo (19)

Others Receiving Votes: Harding (Ark.), 52; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 36; North Carolina-Pembroke, 21; Emporia St. (Kan.), 17; Virginia St., 13; Notre Dame (Ohio), 12; California (Pa.), 9; Missouri Western St., 9; McKendree (Ill.), 8; Michigan Tech, 7; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 5; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 5; Hillsdale (Mich.), 3; Minnesota-Duluth, 3; West Chester (Pa.), 1; Wingate (N.C.), 1.

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