American Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll

Since 1950, the AFCA has conducted a weekly Top 20/Top 25 poll during the college football season. The AFCA, in partnership with USA Today and Amway, awards the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy to the No. 1-ranked team in the final Amway Coaches Poll each season. The head coach of the No. 1-ranked team receives the trophy at the American Football Coaches Awards show in early January.


The Amway Coaches Poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the AFCA their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.

The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2017 season:

Major Applewhite, Houston; David Bailiff, Rice; David Beaty, Kansas; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; John Bonamego, Central Michigan; Terry Bowden, Akron; Jeff Brohm, Purdue; Matt Campbell, Iowa State; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, Florida International; Dave Doeren, North Carolina State; DJ Durkin, Maryland; Shawn Elliott, Georgia State; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; P.J. Fleck, Minnesota; James Franklin, Penn State; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tom Herman, Texas; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Joey Jones, South Alabama; Mike Leach, Washington State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Derek Mason, Vanderbilt; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jeff Monken, Army; Philip Montgomery, Tulsa; Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina; Jim Mora, UCLA; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Barry Odom, Missouri; Gary Patterson, TCU; Mike Riley, Nebraska; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Rolovich, Hawaii; Nick Saban, Alabama; Tony Sanchez, UNLV; Mike Sanford Jr., Western Kentucky; Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State; Bill Snyder, Kansas State; Frank Solich, Ohio; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Mark Stoops, Kentucky; Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Matt Wells, Utah State; Mark Whipple, Massachusetts; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion; Everett Withers, Texas State.

Bud Wilkinson
Robert Neyland
Michigan State
Biggie Munn
Jim Tatum
Red Sanders
Bud Wilkinson
Bud Wilkinson
Ohio State
Woody Hayes
Paul Dietzel
Ben Schwartzwalder
Murray Warmath
Bear Bryant
John McKay
Darrell Royal
Bear Bryant
Michigan State
Duffy Daugherty
Notre Dame
Ara Parseghian
John McKay
Ohio State
Woody Hayes
Darrell Royal
Darrell Royal
Bob Devaney
John McKay
Bear Bryant
John McKay
Barry Switzer
Johnny Majors
Notre Dame
Dan Devine
John Robinson
Bear Bryant
Vince Dooley
Danny Ford
Penn State
Joe Paterno
Miami (FL)
Howard Schnellenberger
LaVell Edwards
Barry Switzer
Penn State
Joe Paterno
Miami (FL)
Jimmy Johnson
Notre Dame
Lou Holtz
Miami (FL)
Dennis Erickson
Georgia Tech
Bobby Ross
Don James
Gene Stallings
Florida State
Bobby Bowden
Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne
Steve Spurrier
Tom Osborne
Phil Fulmer
Florida State
Bobby Bowden
Bob Stoops
Miami (FL)
Larry Coker
Ohio State
Jim Tressel
Nick Saban
Pete Carroll
Mack Brown
Urban Meyer
Les Miles
Urban Meyer
Nick Saban
Gene Chizik
Nick Saban
Nick Saban
Florida State
Jimbo Fisher
Ohio State
Urban Meyer
Nick Saban
Dabo Swinney
Nick Saban
RankSchool (record)PointsLast week’s rankFirst-place votes
1Alabama (12-0)1599163
2Clemson (12-0)153621
3Notre Dame (12-0)146930
4Georgia (11-1)139850
5Oklahoma (11-1)132460
6Ohio State (11-1)1292100
7Central Florida (11-0)120090
8Michigan (10-2)104140
9Texas (9-3)939110
10Florida (9-3)937130
11Washington (9-3)921160
12Penn State (9-3)889140
13Washington State (10-2)82970
14LSU (9-3)82180
15Kentucky (9-3)634180
16West Virginia (8-3)621120
17Utah (9-3)610170
18Syracuse (9-3)499190
19Mississippi State (8-4)460200
20Boise State (10-2)375220
21Northwestern (8-4)363210
22Texas A&M (8-4)295not ranked0
23Fresno State (10-2)157230
24Utah State (10-2)130150
25Army (9-2)119240

Dropped out: No. 25 Pittsburgh (7-5).

Others receiving votes: Iowa State (7-4) 103; Cincinnati (10-2) 82; North Carolina State (8-3) 55; Missouri (8-4) 33; Iowa (8-4) 20; Appalachian State (9-2) 14; Pittsburgh (7-5) 13; Memphis (8-4) 6; Alabama at Birmingham (9-3) 4; Buffalo (10-2) 3; Oregon (8-4) 3; Stanford (7-4) 3; California (7-4) 1; Georgia Southern (9-3) 1; Wisconsin (7-5) 1.

The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association.

Note: Everett Withers of Texas State is no longer participating as a voter.

*Games Played through November 25th.


In response to overwhelming support by NCAA FCS coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a FCS Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2018. Prior to 2018, the  NCAA FCS Coaches Poll was administered by the Southern Conference. The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the NCAA playoffs.


The FCS  poll follows the same basic format as the Amway Coaches Poll. The FCS Board of Coaches will have 30 voters representing all FCS football playing conferences, as well as independent schools. The FCS Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning with a preseason poll in August and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NCAA FCS championship game.

FCS Poll Voters

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 5Next Game
1.North Dakota St. (26)11-06501D. Southern Illinois, 65-17Dec. 1 vs. Opponent TBD
2.Kennesaw St.10-16222D. No. 7 Jacksonville St., 60-52 5OTDec. 1 vs. Opponent TBD
3.Eastern Washington9-25933D. Portland St., 74-23Dec. 1 vs. Opponent TBD
4.Weber St.9-25714D. Idaho St., 26-13Dec. 1 vs. Opponent TBD
5.South Dakota St.8-25495D. South Dakota, 49-27Dec. 1 vs. Opponent TBD
6.James Madison8-34918D. No. 16 Towson, 38-17Nov. 24 vs. No. 23 Delaware
7.Colgate9-14686Lost to Army West Point, 28-14Dec. 1 vs. Opponent TBD
8.Princeton10-04599D. Penn, 42-14Season Complete
9.Jacksonville St.8-34517Lost to No. 2 Kennesaw St., 60-52 5OTNov. 24 vs. No. 21 East Tennessee St.
10.UC Davis9-243711D. Sacramento St., 56-13Dec. 1 vs. Opponent TBD
11.North Carolina A&T9-238913D. North Carolina Central, 45-0Dec. 15 vs. SWAC Champion
12.Wofford8-336614D. Presbyterian, 45-21Nov. 24 vs. No. 17 Elon
13.Nicholls8-332715D. Southeastern Louisiana, 44-0Nov. 24 vs. No. 18 San Diego
14.Maine8-331719D. No. 12 Elon, 27-26Dec. 1 vs. Opponent TBD
15.Dartmouth9-125520D. Brown, 49-7Season Complete
16.Stony Brook7-423010Lost to Albany, 25-23Nov. 24 at No. 20 Southeast Missouri St.
17.Elon6-419612Lost to No. 19 Maine, 27-26Nov. 24 at No. 12 Wofford
18.San Diego9-219222D. Marist, 31-14Nov. 24 at No. 13 Nicholls
19.Towson7-417916Lost to No. 8 James Madison, 38-17Nov. 24 vs. Duquesne
20.Southeast Missouri St.8-317823D. Eastern Illinois, 38-32Nov. 24 vs. No. 16 Stony Brook
21.East Tennessee St.8-313217Lost to Samford, 38-27Nov. 24 at No. 9 Jacksonville St.
22.Indiana St.7-411124D. Western Illinois, 15-13Season Complete
23.Delaware7-49018Lost to Villanova, 42-21Nov. 24 at No. 6 James Madison
24.Montana St.7-458NRD. Montana, 29-25Nov. 24 vs. No. 25 UIW
25.UIW6-445NRIdleNov. 24 at No. 24 Montana St.

Dropped Out: McNeese (21), North Dakota (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Monmouth (N.J.), 18; Illinois St., 15; Lamar, 14; Northern Iowa, 12; Alcorn St., 11; Duquesne, 9; McNeese, 9; Furman, 3; Harvard, 1; Idaho St., 1; Rhode Island, 1.

*Games Played through November 18th


In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division II coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2000. Prior to 2000, there was no coaches’ polls for NCAA Division II. The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the NCAA playoffs.


The Division II poll follows the same basic format as the Amway Coaches Poll. The Division II Board of Coaches will have 30 voters representing all Division II conferences, as well as independent schools. The Division II Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning with a preseason poll in August and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NCAA Division II championship game.

Forty-six schools spent at least one week ranked in the 2015 AFCA Division II Coaches Poll … Eight schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 13 weeks the poll was released in 2015 (Colorado State-Pueblo, Ferris State (Mich.), Minnesota State, North Alabama, Northwest Missouri State, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Texas A&M-Commerce and West Georgia) … Since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll debuted in 2000, Grand Valley State has been ranked No. 1 for 88 weeks …

The other 13 schoolswhich have appeared No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll are Northwest Missouri State (29 weeks), Valdosta State (25), Minnesota State (19), Pittsburg State (12), Delta State (11), Minnesota-Duluth (eight), Colorado State-Pueblo (seven), North Alabama (five), Saginaw Valley State (three), West Georgia (two), Abilene Christian (one), Central Washington (one) and North Dakota (one) … Northwest Missouri State owns the record for the most consecutive weeks ranked in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which currently stands at 161 … Northwest Missouri State also holds the record for being ranked the most times in the AFCA Division II Coaches Poll at 203 weeks out of a possible 213 since 2000.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 4Next Game
1. Minnesota St. (29)11-08181D. Upper Iowa, 47-7Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
2.Ferris St. (Mich.) (3)11-07892D. William Jewell (Mo.), 47-6Nov. 17 vs. No. 21 Harding (Ark.)
3.Valdosta St. (Ga.) (1)10-07385D. No. 3 West Georgia, 47-31Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
4.Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)11-07284D. Henderson St. (Ark.), 38-10Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
5.Minnesota-Duluth11-06826D. Northern St. (S.D.), 40-13Nov. 17 vs. No. 15 Texas A&M-Commerce
6.Tarleton St. (Texas)10-06647D. Western New Mexico, 58-0Nov. 17 vs. No. 24 Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
7.Grand Valley St. (Mich.)10-16088D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 45-21Nov. 17 vs. No. 18 Northwest Missouri St.
8.West Chester (Pa.)10-05599D. Slippery Rock (Pa.), 33-10Nov. 17 vs. New Haven (Conn.)
9.Colorado St.-Pueblo10-153910D. Western St. Colorado, 41-3Nov. 17 at No. 14 Colorado School of Mines
10.West Georgia10-15273Lost to No. 5 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 47-31Nov. 17 vs. Wingate (N.C.)
11.Notre Dame (Ohio)11-049111D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 41-7Nov. 24 vs. Opponent TBD
12.Indianapolis (Ind.)9-144612D. No. 20 Hillsdale (Mich.), 34-24Nov. 17 vs. No. 19 Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
13.LIU-Post (N.Y.) 10-041013D. New Haven (Conn.), 17-13Nov. 17 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
14.Colorado School of Mines10-139515D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 49-20Nov. 17 vs. No. 10 Colorado St.-Pueblo
15.Texas A&M-Commerce9-236614D. Angelo St. (Texas), 41-13Nov. 17 at No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth
16.Midwestern St. (Texas)8-231016D. West Texas A&M, 24-23 OTSeason Complete
17.Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)10-130617D. Catawba (N.C.), 63-21Nov. 17 vs. Florida Tech
18.Northwest Missouri St.9-229719D. Central Missouri, 48-21Nov. 17 at No. 7 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
19.Fort Hays St. (Kan.)9-223222D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 58-0Nov. 17 at No. 12 Indianapolis (Ind.)
20.Kutztown (Pa.)9-121421D. Edinboro (Pa.), 33-32 OTNov. 17 vs. No. 23 Hillsdale (Mich.)
21.Harding (Ark.)9-218625D. Arkansas Tech, 28-0Nov. 17 at No. 2 Ferris St. (Mich.)
22.Ohio Dominican9-291NRD. Lake Erie (Ohio), 62-6Season Complete
23.Hillsdale (Mich.)9-26820Lost to No. 12 Indianapolis (Ind.), 34-24Nov. 17 at No. 20 Kutztown (Pa.)
24.Azusa Pacific (Calif.)8-348NRD. No. 18 Central Washington, 42-35Nov. 17 at No. 6 Tarleton St. (Texas)
25.Bowie St. (Md.)9-246NRD. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 30-10Nov. 17 vs. West Alabama

Dropped Out: Central Washington (18), Indiana (Pa.) (23), Tiffin (Ohio) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Central Washington, 30; New Haven (Conn.), 19; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 18; West Alabama, 18; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 17; Missouri S&T, 16; Tiffin (Ohio), 15; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 12; Virginia Union, 8; Indiana (Pa.), 6; Southern Arkansas, 6; Colorado Mesa, 1; Florida Tech, 1.

*Games Played through November 11th


In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division III coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division III Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 1999.

Prior to 1999, there were no coaches’ polls for any NCAA divisions other than Football Bowl Subdivision. The NCAA had published a regional poll for Division III prior to 1999, but discontinued the poll because of changes in the selection process for the Division III playoffs that took effect in 1999.

The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the 16-team playoff tournament. But in 1999, the Division III playoffs expanded to 28 teams and the regional format was no longer used.


The Division III poll follows the same basic format as the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Division III Board of Coaches will have 42 voters, representing all Division III conferences. The Division III Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning in September and will run through the completion of the regular season in mid-November. A final poll will be released on the Monday following the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

Forty-one schools spent at least one week ranked in the Division III Coaches Poll in 2015 … Sixteen schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 10 weeks the poll was released in 2015: Mount Union (Ohio), St. Thomas (Minn.), Linfield (Ore.), Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), Wesley (Del.), Wabash (Ind.), Wheaton (Ill.), Johns Hopkins (Md.), St. John’s (Minn.), Thomas More (Ky.), Hardin-Simmons (Texas), Wartburg (Iowa), Wisconsin-Platteville, John Carroll (Ohio) … Mount Union has appeared in every Top 25 since the AFCA first released the poll in 1999 …

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had five schools ranked in the Top 25 poll at least once in 2015 (St. Thomas, Concordia-Moorhead, Bethel, St. John’s and Gustavus Adolphus) … The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) all had three schools ranked in the Top 25 this season: (Wisconsin-Whitewater, -Platteville and -Oshkosh for the WIAC; Mount Union, John Carroll and Ohio Northern for the OAC; Wesley, Rowan (N.J.) and Salisbury (Md.) for the NJAC; Wheaton, North Central (Ill.) and Illinois Wesleyan for the CCIW; and Wabash, Wittenberg (Ohio) and DePauw (Ind.) for the NCAC) … Washington & Lee (Va.) began the season unranked but was No. 16 in the final poll, which represented the largest jump by a team that wasn’t ranked in the season-opening poll.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Last WeekNext Game
1.Mount Union (Ohio) (41)10-012891D. Marietta (Ohio), 49-7Nov. 17 vs. Denison (Ohio)
2.Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (11)10-012582D. East Texas Baptist, 50-15Nov. 17 vs. No. 7 Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)
3.Brockport (N.Y.)10-011443D. Morrisville St. (N.Y.), 49-7Nov. 17 vs. Framingham St. (Mass.)
4.Wisconsin-Whitewater10-011424D. Wisconsin-Platteville, 49-21Nov. 17 vs. Eureka (Ill.)
5.St. John’s (Minn.)10-011175D. Thomas More (Ky.), 63-23Nov. 17 vs. Martin Luther (Minn.)
6.Frostburg St. (Md.)9-010386D. Salisbury (Md.), 38-35 OTNov. 17 vs. Western New England (Mass.)
7.Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)9-19768D. McMurry (Tex.), 83-6Nov. 17 at No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.)
8.John Carroll (Ohio)9-193510D. No. 21 Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), 45-35Nov. 17 vs. Randolph-Macon (Va.)
9.North Central (Ill.)9-185811D. Millikin (Ill.), 55-12Nov. 17 vs. Hanover (Ind.)
10.Trine (Ind.)10-079312D. Kalamazoo (Mich.), 48-18Nov. 17 vs. St. Norbert (Wis.)
11t.Whitworth (Wash.)9-070715D. Willamette (Ore.), 52-0Nov. 17 vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.)
11t.Delaware Valley (Pa.)9-170713D. Widener (Pa.), 33-0Nov. 17 vs. No. 22 Muhlenberg (Pa.)
13.Johns Hopkins (Md.)9-163216D. McDaniel (Md.), 42-17Nov. 17 vs. MIT (Mass.)
14.Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)9-155417D. Waynesburg (Pa.), 33-14Nov. 17 at Centre (Ky.)
15.Bethel (Minn.)9-153823D. No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.), 21-15Nov. 17 vs. Wartburg (Iowa)
16.Wittenberg (Ohio)9-150019D. Wooster (Ohio), 27-21Season Complete
17.Wabash (Ind.)9-144820D. DePauw (Ind.), 24-17Season Complete
18.Berry (Ga.)9-13639Lost to Trinity (Tex.), 21-17Nov. 17 vs. Maryville (Tenn.)
19.St. Thomas (Minn.)8-23627Lost to No. 23 Bethel (Minn.), 21-15Season Complete
20.Linfield (Ore.)7-231122D. Pacific (Ore.), 50-7Season Complete
21.Illinois Wesleyan8-227724D. North Park (Ill.), 40-13Season Complete
22.Muhlenberg (Pa.)9-124725D. Moravian (Pa.), 53-7Nov. 17 at No. 11t Delaware Valley (Pa.)
23.Rensselaer (N.Y.)8-111914Lost to Union (N.Y.), 34-10Nov. 17 vs. Husson (Maine)
24.Wheaton (Ill.)8-2100NRD. Elmhurst (Ill.), 79-0Season Complete
25.Baldwin Wallace (Ohio)8-29321Lost to No. 10 John Carroll (Ohio), 45-35Season Complete

Dropped Out: Case Western Reserve (Ohio) (18)

Others Receiving Votes: Centre (Ky.), 71; Wartburg (Iowa), 66; Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 62; Wisconsin-La Crosse, 45; Ithaca (N.Y.), 18; Denison (Ohio), 16; Trinity (Conn.), 14; Washington (Mo.), 13; Amherst (Mass.), 10; St. Norbert (Wis.), 10; Central (Iowa), 9; Salisbury (Md.), 9; Randolph-Macon (Va.), 8; Wesley (Del.), 8; Framingham St. (Mass.), 6; Southwestern (Tex.), 5; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), 3; Eureka (Ill.), 3; Hanover (Ind.), 3; Martin Luther (Minn.), 3; Monmouth (Ill.), 3; MIT (Mass.), 2; Texas Lutheran, 2; Union (N.Y.), 2; Hope (Mich.), 1.

*Games Played through November 11th


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