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 Amway Coaches Poll. The 2015 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 17 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.
2014 Division II Poll Notes
Forty-five schools spent at least one week ranked in the 2014 AFCA Division II Coaches Poll ... Thirteen schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 13 weeks the poll was released in 2014 (Bloomsburg (Pa.), Colorado State-Pueblo, Delta State (Miss.), Henderson State (Ark.), Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State, North Alabama, Northwest Missouri State, Ohio Dominican, Pittsburg State (Kan.) West Chester (Pa.) and Winston-Salem State (N.C.)) ... 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 12 schools which have appeared No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll are Northwest Missouri State (26 weeks), Valdosta State (25), Pittsburg State (12), Delta State (11), Minnesota State (11), Minnesota-Duluth (eight), Colorado State-Pueblo (seven), North Alabama (five), Saginaw Valley State (three), Abilene Christian (one), Central Washington (one) and North Dakota (one) ... Northwest Missouri State owns the record for the most consecutive weeks ranked in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which currently stands at 148 ... Northwest Missouri State also holds the record for being ranked the most times in the AFCA Division II Coaches Poll at 190 weeks out of a possible 200 since 2000.