Minnesota State ends the regular season at No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the third time in poll history. The Mavericks ended the 2013 and 2014 regular seasons at No. 1 as well. Minnesota State is 11-0 and will host No. 20 Colorado State-Pueblo in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The rest of the Top 5 has Shepherd (W.Va.) at No. 2, Indiana (Pa.) at No. 3, Fort Hays State (Kan.) at No. 4 and Midwestern State (Texas) at No. 5. All of those teams will be in the playoffs as well, with Indiana (Pa.) and Fort Hays State picking up No. 1 seeds and byes in the first round.
Twenty-one of the Top 25 teams earned a spot in the playoffs with No. 7 Central Washington and No. 17 West Alabama earning the two other No. 1 seeds. No. 21 Humboldt State (Calif.), No. 22 Colorado Mesa, No. 23 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 24 Eastern New Mexico are the four teams who didn’t earn a playoff spot. Minnesota-Duluth will face Central Missouri in the Mineral Water Bowl, one of two post-season Division II bowl games.
Following Minnesota-Duluth into the poll this week is Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) at No. 25. This is their first appearance since October 5, 2015.
2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 13, 2017
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 11||Next Game|
|1.||Minnesota St. (22)||11-0||834||1||D. No. 13 Sioux Falls (S.D.), 27-23||Nov. 18 vs. No. 20 Colorado St.-Pueblo|
|2.||Shepherd (W.Va.) (7)||10-0||800||2||D. Virginia-Wise, 63-35||Nov. 18 vs. Findlay (Ohio)|
|3.||Indiana (Pa.) (2)||11-0||778||3||D. West Chester (Pa.), 24-7||Nov. 25 vs. Opponent TBD|
|4.||Fort Hays St. (Kan.) (3)||11-0||730||5||D. Nebraska-Kearney, 41-7||Nov. 25 vs. Opponent TBD|
|5.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||9-0||720||4||D. No. 20 Eastern New Mexico, 56-43||Nov. 18 vs. No. 18 Sioux Falls (S.D.)|
|6.||Indianapolis (Ind.)||11-0||672||6||D. Notre Dame (Ohio), 42-27||Nov. 18 vs. Harding (Ark.)|
|7.||Central Washington||11-0||661||7||D. No. 16 Humboldt St. (Calif.), 42-28||Nov. 25 vs. Opponent TBD|
|8.||Texas A&M-Commerce||9-1||602||8t||D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 33-21||Nov. 18 at No. 12 Winona St. (Minn.)|
|9.||Ashland (Ohio)||10-1||584||10||D. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 31-19||Nov. 18 vs. No. 13 Northwest Missouri St.|
|10.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||9-1||542||11||D. Michigan Tech, 49-7||Nov. 18 vs. No. 25 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)|
|11.||Virginia St.||10-0||514||15||D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 42-19||Nov. 18 vs. West Georgia|
|12.||Winona St. (Minn.)||10-1||471||17||D. Augustana (S.D.), 52-21||Nov. 18 vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce|
|13.||Northwest Missouri St.||9-2||359||18||D. Missouri Western St., 30-0||Nov. 18 at No. 9 Ashland (Ohio)|
|14.||Bowie St. (Md.)||9-1||353||19||Idle||Nov. 18 vs. Delta St. (Miss.)|
|15.||Assumption (Mass.)||9-1||333||8t||Lost to Bentley (Mass.), 35-31||Nov. 18 vs. California (Pa.)|
|16.||Wingate (N.C.)||9-1||285||12||Lost to Tusculum (Tenn.), 25-17||Nov. 18 vs. West Florida|
|17.||West Alabama||9-2||272||22||D. North Greenville (S.C.), 29-26||Nov. 25 vs. Opponent TBD|
|18.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||9-2||268||13||Lost to No. 1 Minnesota St., 27-23||Nov. 18 at No. 5 Midwestern St. (Texas)|
|19.||Shippensburg (Pa.)||10-1||261||25||D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 51-13||Nov. 18 vs. West Chester (Pa.)|
|20.||Colorado St.-Pueblo||9-2||223||23||D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 28-6||Nov. 18 at No. 1 Minnesota St.|
|21.||Humboldt St. (Calif.)||8-2||174||16||Lost to No. 7 Central Washington, 42-28||Season Complete|
|22.||Colorado Mesa||9-2||147||14||Lost to Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 56-35||Season Complete|
|23.||Minnesota-Duluth||9-2||108||NR||D. Mary (N.D.), 62-27||Dec. 2 vs. Central Missouri|
|24.||Eastern New Mexico||8-2||90||20||Lost to No. 4 Midwestern St. (Texas), 56-43||Season Complete|
|25.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||9-2||72||NR||D. Henderson St. (Ark.), 49-42||Nov. 18 at No. 10 Ferris St. (Mich.)|
Dropped Out: Findlay (Ohio) (21), West Georgia (24)
Others Receiving Votes: Findlay (Ohio), 49; California (Pa.), 40; Catawba (N.C.), 35; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 18; Delta St. (Miss.), 12; West Georgia, 10; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 9; Harding (Ark.), 9; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 4; West Florida, 4; Central Missouri, 3; Kutztown (Pa.), 1; LIU-Post (N.Y.), 1; Ohio Dominican, 1; Tuskegee (Ala.), 1.