Fairmont State Enters AFCA Top 25 For First Time Since 2001

There wasn’t much movement in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll this week, other than at the bottom. Slippery Rock (Pa.), Colorado Mesa and West Georgia fell out, allowing Fairmont State (W.Va.), Minnesota-Duluth and Ferris State (Mich.) to enter in the bottom three spots. The No. 23 ranking for Fairmont State is the program’s first since September 4, 2001, when they were also ranked No. 23. The Falcons are off to their first 7-0 start since 1967.

The top 10 is pratically the same, other than Harding (Ark.) and California (Pa.) flip-flopping spots. Northwest Missouri State still sits No. 1 with all 30 first-place votes. They are followed by No. 2 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.), No. 4 Midwestern State (Texas) and No. 5 Tuskegee (Ala.).

There is only one top 25 matchup this coming weekend as No. 21 Bemidji State (Minn.) travels to No. 24 Minnesota-Duluth, with the winner having a big edge in who decides the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division.

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 17, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 7Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (30) 7-0 750 1 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 74-29 Oct. 22 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 7-0 717 2 D. Truman St. (Mo.), 41-3 Oct. 22 at Hillsdale (Mich.)
3. Shepherd (W.Va.) 6-0 689 3 D. West Virginia St., 70-24 Oct. 22 vs. Concord (W.Va.)
4. Midwestern St. (Texas) 6-0 660 4 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 28-21 Oct. 22 at West Texas A&M
5. Tuskegee (Ala.) 6-0 619 5 Idle Oct. 22 vs. Kentucky St.
6. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 7-0 596 6 D. Winona St. (Minn.), 41-30 Oct. 22 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
7. Harding (Ark.) 7-0 537 8 D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 63-17 Oct. 20 at East Central (Okla.)
8. California (Pa.) 6-0 536 7 D. Clarion (Pa.), 48-20 Oct. 22 vs. Gannon (Pa.)
9. Texas A&M-Commerce 5-1 496 9 D. Western New Mexico, 38-24 Oct. 22 at Angelo St. (Texas)
10. North Alabama 4-1 494 10 D. Shorter (Ga.), 45-0 Oct. 22 vs. North Greenville (S.C.)
11. Ashland (Ohio) 6-1 458 11 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 63-6 Oct. 22 at Kentucky Wesleyan
12. Emporia St. (Kan.) 6-1 390 12 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 35-28 Oct. 22 at Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
13. Indiana (Pa.) 5-1 387 13 D. No. 16 Slippery Rock (Pa.), 48-19 Oct. 22 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
14. LIU-Post (N.Y.) 7-0 343 14 D. Southern Connecticut St., 30-23 Oct. 22 vs. American International (Mass.)
15. Henderson St. (Ark.) 6-1 333 15 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 45-17 Oct. 22 at Southern Arkansas
16. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 5-1 294 17 D. Mississippi College, 42-41 Oct. 22 vs. Delta St. (Miss.)
17. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 6-1 239 19 D. Humboldt St. (Calif.), 45-13 Oct. 22 at Simon Fraser (B.C.)
18. Assumption (Mass.) 6-1 230 18 D. St. Anselm (N.H.), 39-14 Oct. 22 at New Haven (Conn.)
19. Florida Tech 5-1 203 20 D. Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 48-14 Oct. 22 at West Alabama
20. North Carolina-Pembroke 6-1 181 21 D. Kentucky Wesleyan, 43-20 Oct. 22 vs. Catawba (N.C.)
21. Bemidji St. (Minn.) 6-1 148 22 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 52-28 Oct. 22 at No. 24 Minnesota-Duluth
22. Wayne St. (Mich.) 6-1 141 25 D. Walsh (Ohio), 47-14 Oct. 22 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
23. Fairmont St. (W.Va.) 7-0 87 NR D. Charleston (W.Va.), 21-13 Oct. 22 at Virginia-Wise
24. Minnesota-Duluth 6-1 56 NR D. Northern St. (S.D.), 39-19 Oct. 22 vs. No. 21 Bemidji St. (Minn.)
25. Ferris St. (Mich.) 5-2 53 NR D. Northern Michigan, 45-23 Oct. 22 vs. Lake Erie (Ohio)

Dropped Out: Slippery Rock (Pa.) (16), Colorado Mesa (23), West Georgia (24).

Others Receiving Votes: Newberry (S.C.), 48; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 25; Colorado School of Mines, 11; Central Missouri, 9; Wingate (N.C.), 7; Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 6; Central Washington, 4; West Alabama, 2; Notre Dame (Ohio), 1.

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