AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll
In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division II coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2000.
Prior to 2000, there was no coaches’ polls for NCAA Division II. The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the NCAA playoffs.
“The reason we’re doing these polls is that they promote the game,” Teaff said. “The NCAA polls are used primarily in the playoff selection process.”
The Division II poll follows the same basic format as the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The 2013 Division II Board of Coaches will have 32 voters representing all Division II conferences, as well as independent schools.
The Division II Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning with a preseason poll on August 19 and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NCAA Division II championship game.
2012 Division II Poll Notes
Forty-eight schools spent at least one week ranked in the 2012 AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll ... Eight schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 13 weeks the poll was released in 2012 (Bloomsburg (Pa.), Colorado State-Pueblo, Midwestern State (Texas), Minnesota-Duluth, Missouri Western State, New Haven (Conn.), Northwest Missouri State and Winston-Salem State (N.C.)) ... Eventual 2012 national champion Valdosta State (Ga.) began the 2012 season ranked No. 8 before falling out of the poll in week four ... Since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll debuted in 2000, Grand Valley State has been ranked No. 1 for 88 weeks ... The other 11 schools which have appeared No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll are Valdosta State (21), Northwest Missouri State (17 weeks), Pittsburg State (12), Delta State (11), Minnesota-Duluth (eight), Colorado State-Pueblo (six), North Alabama (five), Saginaw Valley State (three), Abilene Christian (one), Central Washington (one) and North Dakota (one) ... Grand Valley St. owns the record for the most consecutive weeks ranked in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which stands at 138. Northwest Missouri St. holds the record for being ranked the most times in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll at 164 weeks out of a possible 174 since 2000.