Edinboro Ranked in Division II Poll For First Time Since 2011

There will be two top 25 matchups this week in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, but one features a team that is ranked for the first time since October 3, 2011. After losing earlier in the season to No. 11 Indiana (Pa.), Edinboro (Pa.) has reeled off five-straight victories to jump into the poll at No. 24 with an 8-1 record. The Fighting Scots will put their new ranking on the line this Saturday as they travel to No. 6 California (Pa.) in a battle for the top spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division.

For most of the top 10, it was business as usual as the top eight teams remained unchanged with Northwest Missouri State still sitting at No. 1 with all 30 first-place votes. The only change was to then-No. 9 Ashland (Ohio), who fell 12 places to No. 21 after its loss to Michigan Tech. LIU-Post (N.Y.) is ranked No. 10 this week, equaling their highest ranking in the Coaches’ Poll since November 19, 2002.

The second top 25 matchup is for the top spot in the Mountain East Conference as No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.) plays host to No. 17 Fairmont State (W.Va.). Both teams come into the game unbeaten.

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 31, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 9Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (30) 9-0 750 1 D. Pittsburgh St. (Kan.), 69-10 Nov. 5 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 9-0 716 2 D. Findlay (Ohio), 28-17 Nov. 5 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
3. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-0 688 3 D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 38-27 Nov. 5 vs. No. 17 Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
4. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 9-0 656 4 D. Minnesota St., 24-14 Nov. 5 vs. Upper Iowa
5. Harding (Ark.) 9-0 615 5 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 42-27 Nov. 5 at Northwestern Oklahoma St.
6. California (Pa.) 8-0 602 6 D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 55-14 Nov. 5 vs. No. 24 Edinboro (Pa.)
7. North Alabama 6-1 561 7 D. Delta St. (Miss.), 49-19 Nov. 5 vs. West Florida
8. Texas A&M-Commerce 7-1 535 8 D. West Texas A&M, 36-0 Nov. 5 at Texas-Permian Basin
9. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-1 493 10 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 24-16 Nov. 5 at Missouri Western St.
10. LIU-Post (N.Y.) 9-0 463 11 D. Pace (N.Y.), 35-17 Nov. 5 at Merrimack (Mass.)
11. Indiana (Pa.) 7-1 450 12 D. Gannon (Pa.), 48-3 Nov. 5 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-1 429 13 D. Texas-Permian Basin, 76-21 Nov. 5 at Tarleton St. (Texas)
13. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 8-1 372 15 D. Central Washington, 44-7 Nov. 5 vs. Western Oregon
14. Tuskegee (Ala.) 7-1 329 17 D. Central St. (Ohio), 42-14 Nov. 5 at Miles (Ala.)
15. Assumption (Mass.) 8-1 326 16 D. Stonehill (Mass.), 30-6 Nov. 5 vs. American International (Mass.)
16. North Carolina-Pembroke 8-1 301 18 D. West Virginia St., 44-14 Nov. 12 vs. Concord (W.Va.)
17. Fairmont St. (W.Va.) 9-0 288 20 D. No. 25t Notre Dame (Ohio), 23-19 Nov. 5 at No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.)
18. Minnesota-Duluth 8-1 236 21 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 54-23 Nov. 5 vs. Mary (N.D.)
19. Ferris St. (Mich.) 7-2 201 22 D. No. 19 Wayne St. (Mich.), 42-20 Nov. 5 at Hillsdale (Mich.)
20. Newberry (S.C.) 8-1 180 23 D. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 53-14 Nov. 5 at Limestone (S.C.)
21. Ashland (Ohio) 7-2 134 9 Lost to Michigan Tech, 24-21 Nov. 5 vs. Walsh (Ohio)
22. Southwest Baptist (Mo.) 8-1 110 25t D. Missouri S&T, 45-22 Nov. 5 at Central St. (Ohio)
23. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 6-2 58 14 Lost to Florida Tech, 38-20 Nov. 5 at West Alabama
24. Edinboro (Pa.) 8-1 56 NR D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 42-34 Nov. 5 at No. 6 California (Pa.)
25. Central Missouri 7-2 44 NR D. Central Oklahoma, 48-28 Nov. 5 vs. at Northeastern St. (Okla.)

Dropped Out: Wayne St. (Mich.) (19), Wingate (N.C.) (24), Notre Dame (Ohio) (25t).

Others Receiving Votes: Florida Tech, 37; Colorado School of Mines, 35; Wayne St. (Mich.), 35; Henderson St. (Ark.), 11; West Alabama, 8; Colorado Mesa, 6; Notre Dame (Ohio), 6; Wingate (N.C.), 5; Southern Arkansas, 4; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 3; Truman St. (Mo.), 3; Washburn (Kan.), 2; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 2.

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