MIDWESTERN STATE KNOCKS OFF NO. 2 AND RISES TO SIXTH IN THE AFCA DIVISION II COACHES’ TOP 25 POLL

Midwestern State (Texas) jumped out to a 26-point lead over Texas A&M-Commerce after three quarters and held on to beat the second-ranked team, 47-42, moving the Mustangs to No. 6 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. With the loss, the Lions fell nine places to No. 11. Northwest Missouri State still sits in the top spot with all 34 first-place votes. The rest of the Top 5 has a new look with Shepherd (W.Va.) at No. 2, Indiana (Pa.) at No. 3, Minnesota State at No. 4 and Indianapolis (Ind.) at No. 5.

Two new teams entered the Top 25 this week with West Alabama coming in at No. 23 and Wingate (N.C.) showing up at No. 24. This is the first time West Alabama has been ranked since September 29, 2014, and the first time for Wingate since October 24 of last season.

There are only two Top 25 matchups this coming weekend, but they are important conference bouts. No. 3 Indiana (Pa.) travels to No. 9 Slippery Rock (Pa.) to see who will stay in the top spot of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division. The second matchup has No. 23 West Alabama hosting No. 22 West Georgia with the Tigers trying to keep their top spot in the Gulf South Conference.

2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 9, 2017

 

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week 6 Next Game
1. Northwest Missouri St. (34) 6-0 850 1 D. Central Oklahoma, 17-10 Oct. 14 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)
2. Shepherd (W.Va.) 5-0 797 3 D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 51-14 Oct. 12 at Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
3. Indiana (Pa.) 6-0 780 4 D. No. 16 California (Pa.), 26-10 Oct. 14 at No. 9 Slippery Rock (Pa.)
4. Minnesota St. 6-0 750 5 D. Augustana (S.D.), 42-21 Oct. 14 at Upper Iowa
5. Indianapolis (Ind.) 6-0 688 7 D. McKendree (Ill.), 28-10 Oct. 14 vs. Quincy (Ill.)
6. Midwestern St. (Texas) 4-0 682 10 D. No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce, 47-42 Oct. 14 at Angelo St. (Texas)
7. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-1 615 8 D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 45-27 Oct. 14 at Truman St. (Mo.)
8. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) 6-0 600 11 D. Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 21-17 Oct. 14 vs. Washburn (Kan.)
9. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 6-0 516 12 D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 31-28 Oct. 14 vs. No. 3 Indiana (Pa.)
10. Central Washington 6-0 507 13 D. No. 17 Humboldt St. (Calif.), 55-27 Oct. 14 at Western Oregon
11. Texas A&M-Commerce 4-1 483 2 Lost to No. 10 Midwestern St. (Texas), 47-42 Oct. 14 vs. Western New Mexico
12. Colorado St.-Pueblo 5-1 417 14 D. Adams St. (Colo.), 63-17 Oct. 14 at Fort Lewis (Colo.)
13. Winona St. (Minn.) 6-0 367 22 D. No. 6 Sioux Falls (S.D.), 31-13 Oct. 14 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
14. Bowie St. (Md.) 6-0 358 19 D. Chowan (N.C.), 41-10 Oct. 14 at Virginia St.
15. Ferris St. (Mich.) 4-1 356 15 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 13-3 Oct. 14 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
16. Ashland (Ohio) 5-1 319 18 D. Northern Michigan, 38-13 Oct. 14 vs. Michigan Tech
17. Assumption (Mass.) 5-0 306 20 Idle Oct. 14 at St. Anselm (N.H.)
18. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 5-1 287 6 Lost to No. 22 Winona St. (Minn.), 31-13 Oct. 12 at Wayne St. (Neb.)
19. Southeastern Oklahoma St. 6-0 223 23 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 31-24 Oct. 14 vs. Henderson St. (Ark.)
20. Colorado Mesa 5-1 216 21 D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 49-37 Oct. 14 at Dixie St. (Utah)
21. Delta St. (Miss.) 5-1 206 9 Lost to West Alabama, 29-26 Oct. 14 at West Florida
22. West Georgia 5-1 175 25 D. Valdosta St. (Ga.), 42-13 Oct. 14 at No. 23 West Alabama
23. West Alabama 5-1 172 NR D. No. 9 Delta St. (Miss.), 29-26 Oct. 14 vs. No. 22 West Georgia
24. Wingate (N.C.) 5-0 88 NR D. North Carolina-Pembroke, 31-28 Oct. 14 at Catawba (N.C.)
25. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 4-1 82 17 Lost to No. 13 Central Washington, 55-27 Oct. 14 vs. Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

Dropped Out: California (Pa.) (16), Arkansas Tech (24)

Others Receiving Votes: California (Pa.), 43; Virginia St., 39; Washburn (Kan.), 35; Central Missouri, 22; West Chester (Pa.), 22; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 18; Eastern New Mexico, 17; Catawba (N.C.), 10; Notre Dame (Ohio), 3; Arkansas Tech, 1.