FERRIS STATE RALLIES FOR TOP 10 UPSET IN AFCA DIVISION II COACHES’ TOP 25 POLL

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.