No. 11 Ferris State (Mich.) scored a touchdown with 15 seconds remaining to upset conference rival and then-No. 7 Grand Valley State (Mich.), 28-27. The Bulldogs have won six of the last eight meetings against the Lakers.
Northwest Missouri State still sits No. 1 with all 34 first-place votes. The Bearcats are followed by Shepherd (W.Va.), Minnesota State, Indiana (Pa.) and Midwestern State (Texas), who round out the Top 5.
Slippery Rock (Pa.), Delta State (Miss.) and Southeastern Oklahoma State fell out of the Top 25, making room for No. 22 Findlay (Ohio), No. 23 Central Missouri and No. 24 Colorado State-Pueblo. Central Missouri and Colorado State-Pueblo both re-enter the poll after being ranked earlier this year, but this is Findlay’s first ranking since September 22, 2014 when the Oilers were ranked No. 25.
There is only one Top 25 matchup this week, and it is a Top 10 battle between unbeaten teams as new No. 3 Minnesota State hosts No. 10 Winona State (Minn.). The winner will have the upper hand in who wins the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division.
2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 23, 2017
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.||Week 8||Next Game|
|1.||Northwest Missouri St. (34)||8-0||850||1||D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 19-0||Oct. 28 at Pittsburg St. (Kan.)|
|2.||Shepherd (W.Va.)||7-0||794||2||D. Urbana (Ohio), 48-14||Oct. 28 at West Virginia Wesleyan|
|3.||Minnesota St.||8-0||753||4||D. Southwest Minnesota St., 54-7||Oct. 28 vs. No. 10 Winona St. (Minn.)|
|4.||Indiana (Pa.)||8-0||749||3||D. Clarion (Pa.), 23-17||Oct. 28 vs. Gannon (Pa.)|
|5.||Midwestern St. (Texas)||6-0||697||5||D. West Texas A&M, 45-3||Oct. 28 at Texas-Permian Basin|
|6.||Indianapolis (Ind.)||8-0||687||6||D. Lincoln (Mo.), 45-0||Oct. 28 at William Jewell (Mo.)|
|7.||Fort Hays St. (Kan.)||8-0||646||8||D. Missouri Western St., 38-10||Oct. 28 vs. Emporia St. (Kan.)|
|8.||Central Washington||8-0||571||9||D. North Alabama, 17-10||Oct. 28 vs. Azusa Pacific (Calif.)|
|9.||Texas A&M-Commerce||6-1||539||10||D. Angelo St. (Texas), 34-20||Oct. 28 at West Texas A&M|
|10.||Winona St. (Minn.)||8-0||537||11||D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 42-19||Oct. 28 at No. 3 Minnesota St.|
|11.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||6-1||503||12||D. No. 7 Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 28-27||Oct. 28 vs. Northwood (Mich.)|
|12t.||Ashland (Ohio)||7-1||475||13||D. Tiffin (Ohio), 38-24||Oct. 28 at Wayne St. (Mich.)|
|12t.||Assumption (Mass.)||7-0||475||14||D. New Haven (Conn.), 41-6||Oct. 28 vs. Stonehill (Mass.)|
|14.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||7-1||397||15||D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 27-9||Oct. 28 vs. Augustana (S.D.)|
|15.||Colorado Mesa||7-1||382||16||D. Adams St. (Colo.), 70-21||Oct. 28 vs. New Mexico Highlands|
|16.||Wingate (N.C.)||7-0||349||20||D. Mars Hill (N.C.), 42-21||Oct. 28 vs. Newberry (S.C.)|
|17.||Virginia St.||7-0||303||21||D. Lincoln (Pa.), 73-21||Oct. 28 at Chowan (N.C.)|
|18.||Humboldt St. (Calif.)||6-1||250||22||D. Western Oregon, 42-32||Oct. 28 at Simon Fraser (B.C.)|
|19.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||6-2||216||7||Lost to No. 12 Ferris St. (Mich.), 28-27||Oct. 28 vs. Northern Michigan|
|20.||Bowie St. (Md.)||7-1||206||23||D. Virginia Union, 40-22||Oct. 28 vs. Lincoln (Pa.)|
|21.||Eastern New Mexico||6-1||168||24||Idle||Oct. 28 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville|
|22.||Findlay (Ohio)||7-1||115||NR||D. Kentucky Wesleyan, 68-14||Oct. 28 at Malone (Ohio)|
|23.||Central Missouri||6-2||83||NR||D. Washburn (Kan.), 62-42||Oct. 28 at Central Oklahoma|
|24.||Colorado St.-Pueblo||6-2||82||NR||D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 49-0||Oct. 28 vs. Western St. Colorado|
|25.||West Alabama||6-2||70||18||Lost to Florida Tech, 41-39||Oct. 28 vs. West Florida|
Dropped Out: Slippery Rock (Pa.) (17), Delta St. (Miss.) (19), Southeastern Oklahoma St. (25)
Others Receiving Votes: West Georgia, 33; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 26; Delta St. (Miss.), 20; California (Pa.), 19; Washburn (Kan.), 18; Shippensburg (Pa.), 17; Arkansas Tech, 7; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 5; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 3; Catawba (N.C.), 1; Minnesota-Duluth, 1; Notre Dame (Ohio), 1; Southern Arkansas, 1; West Florida, 1.