Very Little Change in AFCA Division II Coaches Poll

There was very little change in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as the top 16 teams won. The only two top 25 losses - then-No. 17 Fairmont State (W.Va.) and then-No. 24 Edinboro (Pa.) - lost to teams that were ranked higher. Northwest Missouri State still sits at No. 1 with all 30 first-place votes, followed by Grand Valley State (Mich.), Shepherd (W.Va.), Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Harding (Ark.). No. 2 Grand Valley State and No. 5 Harding both clinched their conference titles this past weekend. It was the Lakers’ first outright Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship since 2008; it was the Bisons’ first Great American Conference title and the program’s first outright championship since the program began in 1959.

There is only one top 25 matchup in the final week of the 2016 regular season, but it is for all the marbles in the Northeast-10 Conference as No. 10 LIU-Post (N.Y.) hosts No. 15 Assumption (Mass.) in the conference championship game. Assumption’s only loss this season came at the hands of the Pioneers, 19-18, in Worcester, Mass.

2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 7, 2016

RankSchool (1st votes) Rec. Pts.Prev.Week 9Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (30) 10-0 750 1 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 28-7 Nov. 12 vs. Missouri Western St.
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 10-0 712 2 D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 62-56 2OT Nov. 12 at Wayne St. (Mich.)
3. Shepherd (W.Va.) 9-0 690 3 D. No. 17 Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 27-17 Nov. 12 at Urbana (Ohio)
4. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 10-0 661 4 D. Upper Iowa, 51-7 Nov. 12 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
5. Harding (Ark.) 10-0 613 5 D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 24-7 Nov. 12 vs. Arkansas Tech
6. California (Pa.) 9-0 600 6 D. No. 24 Edinboro (Pa.), 52-7 Nov. 12 vs. Kutztown (Pa.)
7. North Alabama 7-1 576 7 D. West Florida, 51-3 Nov. 12 at Mississippi College
8. Texas A&M-Commerce 8-1 530 8 D. Texas-Permian Basin, 58-21 Nov. 12 vs. Tarleton St. (Texas)
9. Emporia St. (Kan.) 9-1 496 9 D. Missouri Western St., 27-14 Nov. 12 at Washburn (Kan.)
10. LIU-Post (N.Y.) 10-0 480 10 D. Merrimack (Mass.), 64-7 Nov. 12 vs. No. 15 Assumption (Mass.)
11. Indiana (Pa.) 8-1 447 11 D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 31-20 Nov. 12 vs. Bloomsburg (Pa.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 8-1 417 12 D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 21-16 Nov. 12 vs. Eastern New Mexico
13. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 9-1 374 13 D. Western Oregon, 33-8 Nov. 12 at Colorado Mesa
14. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-1 350 14 D. Miles (Ala.), 13-10 Nov. 12 vs. Virginia State
15. Assumption (Mass.) 9-1 334 15 D. American International (Mass.), 31-3 Nov. 12 at No. 10 LIU-Post (N.Y.)
16. North Carolina-Pembroke 8-1 300 16 Idle Nov. 12 vs. Concord (W.Va.)
17. Minnesota-Duluth 9-1 273 18 D. Mary (N.D.), 75-14 Nov. 12 at St. Cloud State (Minn.)
18. Ferris St. (Mich.) 8-2 219 19 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 41-20 Nov. 12 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
19. Newberry (S.C.) 9-1 206 20 D. Limestone (S.C.), 49-7 Nov. 12 vs. Wingate (N.C.)
20. Ashland (Ohio) 8-2 161 21 D. Walsh (Ohio), 56-0 Nov. 12 at Ohio Dominican
21. Southwest Baptist (Mo.) 9-1 137 22 D. Central St. (Ohio), 54-34 Nov. 12 at Lincoln (Mo.)
22. Fairmont St. (W.Va.) 9-1 119 17 Lost to No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.), 27-17 Nov. 12 vs. Glenville St. (W.Va.)
23. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 7-2 98 23 D. West Alabama, 37-22 Nov. 12 vs. Shorter (Ga.)
24. Central Missouri 8-2 85 25 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 59-21 Nov. 12 vs. Lindenwood (Mo.)
25. Colorado School of Mines 8-2 44 NR D. Adams St. (Colo.), 42-7 Nov. 12 at Black Hill St. (S.D.)

Dropped Out: Edinboro (Pa.) (24).

Others Receiving Votes: Florida Tech, 38; Colorado Mesa, 10; Washburn (Kan.), 6; Edinboro (Pa.), 4; Henderson St. (Ark.), 4; Notre Dame (Ohio), 4; Bowie St. (Md.), 3; Southern Arkansas, 3; Wingate (N.C.), 3; Truman St. (Mo.), 2; Ohio Dominican, 1.

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