WACO, TEX.– Thanks to some losses from previous Top 10 schools, Minnesota State used a 56-19 win over Minnesota-Crookston to jump four places to No. 8 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Mavericks are 2-0 as they prepare for a Top 25 matchup this week against No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth. The Top 5 remained the same with Northwest Missouri State at No. 1, Ferris State (Mich.) at No. 2, Texas A&M-Commerce at No. 3, Shepherd (W.Va.) at No. 4 and California (Pa.) at No. 5.
There are two other Top 25 matchups this coming weekend as No. 17 West Georgia visits No. 24 Delta State (Miss.) to see who the top team in the Gulf South Conference is, while No. 22 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) hosts No. 23 Central Washington in a key Great Northwest Athletic Conference game.
2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 11, 2017
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Season Opener||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (34)||2-0||850||1||D. Washburn (Kan.), 20-14||Sept. 16 at Nebraska-Kearney|
|2.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||1-0||810||2||D. Findlay (Ohio), 48-27||Sept. 16 vs. Northern Michigan|
|3.||Texas A&M-Commerce||2-0||782||3||D. William Jewell (Mo.), 59-6||Sept. 16 vs. Eastern New Mexico|
|4.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||1-0||715||4||Idle||Sept. 16 at Glenville St. (W.Va.)|
|5.||California (Pa.)||2-0||703||5||D. Cheyney (Pa.), 54-14||Sept. 16 at Millersville (Pa.)|
|6.||Indiana (Pa.)||2-0||674||6||D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 38-14||Sept. 16 vs. Cheyney (Pa.)|
|7.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||2-0||617||9||D. Northern St. (S.D.), 37-7||Sept. 16 at Mary (N.D.)|
|8.||Minnesota St.||2-0||561||12||D. Minnesota-Crookston, 56-19||Sept. 16 at No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth|
|9.||LIU-Post (N.Y.)||2-0||560||10||D. New Haven (Conn.), 35-34||Sept. 16 vs. Stonehill (Mass.)|
|10.||North Alabama||0-1||532||11||Idle||Sept. 16 at Valdosta St. (Ga.)|
|11.||Colorado Mesa||2-0||453||17||D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 24-10||Sept. 16 vs. Colorado Mines|
|12.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||1-1||417||14||D. Davenport (Mich.), 48-0||Sept. 16 at Michigan Tech|
|13.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||1-0||402||16||Sept. 9 at West Florida, cancelled||Sept. 16 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville|
|14.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||1-1||397||15||D. Nebraska-Kearney, 45-13||Sept. 16 at Missouri Southern St.|
|15.||Indianapolis (Ind.)||2-0||389||18||D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 31-28||Sept. 16 vs. Southwest Baptist (Mo.)|
|16.||Albany St. (Ga.)||2-0||369||20||D. No. 22 Tuskegee (Ala.), 20-7||Sept. 16 vs. North Greenville (S.C.)|
|17.||West Georgia||2-0||261||25||D. Miles (Ala.), 45-7||Sept. 16 at No. 24 Delta St. (Miss.)|
|18.||Colorado St.-Pueblo||1-1||244||7||Lost to West Texas A&M, 24-21||Sept. 16 at South Dakota Mines|
|19.||Arkansas Tech||2-0||180||NR||D. No. 23 Henderson St. (Ark.), 26-3||Sept. 16 vs. Oklahoma Baptist|
|20.||Minnesota-Duluth||1-1||171||21||D. Upper Iowa, 33-21||Sept. 16 vs. No. 8 Minnesota St.|
|21.||Fort Hays St. (Kan.)||2-0||152||NR||D. No. 13 Central Missouri, 35-6||Sept. 16 at Central Oklahoma|
|22.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||1-1||115||8||Lost to Humboldt St. (Calif.), 30-19||Sept. 16 vs. No. 23 Central Washington|
|23.||Central Washington||2-0||103||NR||D. Western Oregon, 30-23||Sept. 16 at No. 22 Azusa Pacific (Calif.)|
|24.||Delta St. (Miss.)||2-0||92||NR||D. Chowan (N.C.), 42-13||Sept. 16 vs. No. 17 West Georgia|
|25.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||2-0||69||NR||D. No. 24 West Chester (Pa.), 49-42||Sept. 16 vs. Lock Haven (Pa.)|
Dropped Out: Central Missouri (13), Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (19), Tuskegee (Ala.) (22), Henderson St. (Ark.) (23), West Chester (Pa.) (24).
Others Receiving Votes: Humboldt St. (Calif.), 65; Bowie St. (Md.), 58; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 58; Assumption (Mass.), 43; Ashland (Ohio), 37; Central Missouri, 24; Angelo St. (Texas), 18; Eastern New Mexico, 18; West Texas A&M, 18; Catawba (N.C.), 17; Colorado Mines, 11; Virginia-Wise, 8; Winona St. (Minn.), 8; West Chester (Pa.), 7; Hillsdale (Mich.), 6; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 6; Virginia St., 6; Tuskegee (Ala.), 5; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 5; Florida Tech, 4; Washburn (Kan.), 3; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 2; Henderson St. (Ark.), 2; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 2; Virginia Union, 1.
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