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 awards the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy to the No. 1-ranked team in the final FBS 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 FBS 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 US LBM / USA TODAY Sports AFCA Board of Coaches is 66 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association.

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
Dabo Swinney
Ed Orgeron
Nick Saban
Kirby Smart
Kirby Smart
RankSchool (1st votes)Pts.Prev. Rec.
1Georgia (62)1,59813-0
2Michigan (1)1,51423-0
3Florida State1,39633-0
4Ohio State (1)1,39443-0
5Southern California1,32553-0
7Penn State1,22473-0
9Notre Dame1,044114-0
10Utah 967123-0
15Oregon State660173-0
17North Carolina592183-0
21Miami (Fla.)298233-0
24Washington State160NR3-0

Dropped out: No. 15 Kansas State (2-1).

Others Receiving Votes:
Kansas State (2-1) 114; Missouri (3-0) 44; Fresno State (3-0) 43; Florida (2-1) 41; TCU (2-1) 26; Kentucky (3-0) 28; Maryland (3-0) 19; Kansas (3-0)  17; Auburn (3-0)  16; Texas A&M (2-1) 11; Syracuse (3-0) 10; Air Force (3-0) 9; Tulane (2-1) 7; Central Florida (3-0) 5; James Madison (3-0) 3; Ohio (3-1) 3; Wyoming (2-1) 3; Louisville (3-0) 2; Wake Forest (3-0)  2; Arkansas (2-1) 1, Brigham Young (3-0) 1; Memphis (3-0)  1.

RankSchool (1st votes)Pts.Prev. Rec.
1Georgia (64)1,62412-0
2Michigan (1)1,53322-0
3Florida State1,44152-0
4Ohio State1,40142-0
5Southern California1,31963-0
7Penn State1,22972-0
11Notre Dame1,004113-0
15Kansas State675152-0
17Oregon State562182-0
18North Carolina506162-0
23Miami (Fla.)195NR2-0

Dropped out: No. 19 Wisconsin (1-1); No. 22 Tulane (1-1); No. 23 Texas A&M (1-1).

Others receiving votes: Washington State (2-0) 80; Kentucky (2-0)  38; TCU (1-1) 26; Auburn (2-0) 23; Texas A&M (1-1) 21; Fresno State (2-0) 21; Kansas (2-0) 17; Tulane (1-1) 16; Missouri (2-0) 14; Maryland (2-0) 14; Wake Forest (2-0) 13; Oklahoma State (2-0) 12; Central Florida (2-0) 11; Arkansas (2-0) 10; Syracuse (2-0) 9; Cincinnati (2-0) 8; Wisconsin (1-1) 7; Mississippi State (2-0) 7; Wyoming (2-0) 6; Minnesota (2-0) 6; Air Force (2-0) 5; Louisville (2-0) 3; South Carolina (1-1) 3; Memphis (2-0) 3; James Madison (2-0) 2; Michigan State (2-0) 1.

RankSchool (1st votes)Pts.Prev. Rec.
1Georgia (63)1,64711-0
2Michigan (1)1,53421-0
3Alabama (2)1,51531-0
4Ohio State1,42241-0
5Florida State1,38881-0
7Penn State1,21671-0
11Notre Dame950132-0
15Kansas State630171-0
16North Carolina546201-0
18Oregon State499181-0
20Ole Miss411221-0
23Texas A&M236251-0

Dropped out: No. 16 TCU (0-1); No. 24 Texas Tech (0-1).

Others receiving Votes: Iowa (1-0) 111; Pittsburgh (1-0) 53; Kentucky (1-0) 50; UCLA (1-0) 44; TCU (0-1) 40; Fresno State (1-0) 30; Miami (Fla.) (1-0) 22; Auburn (1-0) 22; Arkansas (1-0) 18; Maryland (1-0) 14; Missouri (1-0) 13; Troy (1-0) 11; Oklahoma State (1-0) 11; North Carolina State (1-0) 10; Illinois (1-0) 9; Wyoming (1-0) 8; Washington State (1-0) 7; Wake Forest (1-0) 7; Air Force (1-0) 7; Minnesota (1-0) 6; Mississippi State (1-0) 5; South Carolina (0-1) 4; Kansas (1-0) 4; Texas Tech (0-1) 3; SMU (0-1) 3; Central Florida (1-0) 3; Houston (1-0) 2; Texas-San Antonio (0-1) 1; Michigan State (1-0) 1; Memphis (1-0) 1; Louisville (1-0) 1; James Madison (1-0) 1; Arizona (1-0) 1.

RankSchool (1st votes)Pts.Prev. Rec.
1Georgia (61)1,64310-0
3Alabama (4)1,48950-0
4Ohio State (1)1,48540-0
7Penn State1,18170-0
8Florida State1,145100-0
13Notre Dame841180-0
17Kansas State440140-0
18Oregon State365170-0
20North Carolina315NR0-0
24Texas Tech200NR0-0
25Texas A&M196NR0-0

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa (8-5) 169; South Carolina (8-5) 89; Florida (6-7) 63; Texas-San Antonio (11-3) 59; Pittsburgh (9-4) 52; UCLA (9-4) 42; Kentucky (7-6) 34; Baylor (6-7) 28; Troy (12-2) 25; Arkansas (7-6) 20; Fresno State (10-4) 19; North Carolina State (8-5) 19; Auburn (5-7) 18; Boise State (10-4) 18; Miami (Fla.) (5-7) 16; Minnesota (9-4) 16; Mississippi State (9-4) 13; Oklahoma State (7-6) 12; Missouri (6-7) 11; Maryland (8-5) 10; SMU (7-6) 8; South Alabama (10-3) 8; Illinois (8-5) 7; Air Force (10-3) 6; Wake Forest (8-5) 6; Toledo (9-5) 5; Washington State (7-6) 4; Houston (8-5) 3; Arizona (5-7) 2; Brigham Young (8-5) 2; Duke (9-4) 2; James Madison (8-3) 1; Kansas (6-7) 1; Memphis (7-6) 1.


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.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 3Next Game
1South Dakota St. (26)3-06501D. Drake, 70-7Sept. 30 vs. No. 14 North Dakota
2North Dakota St.3-06242D. Central Arkansas, 49-31Sept. 30 vs. South Dakota
3Montana St.2-15803D. Stetson, 57-20Sept. 23 at No. 8 Weber St.
4Sacramento St.3-05566D. Stanford, 30-23Sept. 23 at No. 10 Idaho
5William & Mary3-05494D. Charleston Southern, 15-7Sept. 23 vs. Maine
6Holy Cross2-15315D. Yale, 49-24Sept. 23 vs. Colgate
7Furman2-14498D. Kennesaw St., 31-28Sept. 23 vs. No. 21 Mercer
8Weber St.2-14357Lost to Utah, 31-7Sept. 23 vs. No. 3 Montana St.
9UIW2-14219D. Abilene Christian, 27-20Sept. 23 vs. North American
10Idaho2-137510Lost to California, 31-17Sept. 23 vs. No. 4 Sacramento St.
11Montana3-035311tD. Ferris St., 17-10Sept. 23 at Northern Arizona
12New Hampshire2-134911tD. Dartmouth, 24-7Sept. 23 at No. 16 Delaware
13Southern Illinois3-033118D. No. 15 Southeast Missouri St., 26-25Sept. 30 vs. Missouri St.
14North Dakota2-129613Lost to Boise State, 42-18Sept. 30 at No. 1 South Dakota St.
15UC Davis2-127516D. Southern Utah, 23-21Sept. 23 vs. Eastern Washington
16Delaware2-122219D. St. Francis (Pa.), 42-14Sept. 23 vs. No. 12 New Hampshire
17Samford1-221214Lost to Auburn, 45-13Sept. 23 vs. Chattanooga
18Rhode Island2-121120D. Maine, 34-17Sept. 23 at Villanova
19North Carolina Central2-115917Lost to UCLA, 59-7Sept. 23 vs. Mississippi Valley St.
20Southeast Missouri St.1-215315Lost to No. 18 Southern Illinois, 26-25Sept. 23 at Eastern Kentucky
21Mercer2-115021IdleSept. 23 at No. 7 Furman
22Fordham2-113322tIdleSept. 23 vs. Stonehill
23Florida A&M2-112124D. West Florida, 31-10Sept. 23 vs. Alabama St.
24Youngstown St.2-198NRD. Robert Morris (Pa.), 48-28Sept. 30 at Northern Iowa
25Harvard1-042NRD. St. Thomas (Minn.), 45-13Sept. 22 vs. Brown

Dropped Out: Southeastern Louisiana (22t), Illinois St. (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa, 30; Western Carolina, 26; Princeton, 20; Eastern Washington, 19; Chattanooga, 13; Central Arkansas, 10; Illinois St., 9; Austin Peay, 8; Jackson St., 7; Stephen F. Austin, 7; Yale, 7; Eastern Kentucky, 5; Hampton, 5; Richmond, 4; Villanova, 4; Southeastern Louisiana, 1.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 2Next Game
1South Dakota St. (26)2-06501D. No. 3 Montana St., 20-16Sept. 16 vs. Drake
2North Dakota St.2-06242D. Maine, 44-7Sept. 16 vs. Central Arkansas
3Montana St.1-15553Lost to No. 1 South Dakota St., 20-16Sept. 16 vs. Stetson
4William & Mary2-05454D. Wofford, 23-6Sept. 16 at Charleston Southern
5Holy Cross1-15235Lost to Boston College, 31-28Sept. 16 at Yale
6Sacramento St.2-05008D. Texas A&M-Commerce, 34-6Sept. 16 at Stanford
7Weber St.2-04869D. No. 20 Northern Iowa, 34-17Sept. 16 at Utah
8Furman1-14456Lost to South Carolina, 47-21Sept. 16 at Kennesaw St.
9UIW1-142410D. Northern Colorado, 42-7Sept. 16 at Abilene Christian
10Idaho2-039312D. Nevada, 33-6Sept. 16 at California
11t.Montana2-034313D. Utah Tech, 43-13Sept. 16 vs. Ferris St.
11t.New Hampshire1-134311Lost to Central Michigan, 45-42Sept. 16 vs. Dartmouth
13North Dakota2-032915D. Northern Arizona, 37-22Sept. 16 at Boise State
14Samford1-12897Lost to Western Carolina, 30-7Sept. 16 at Auburn
15Southeast Missouri St.1-128716D. Lindenwood, 45-7Sept. 16 vs. No. 18 Southern Illinois
16UC Davis1-124114Lost to Oregon St., 55-7Sept. 16 vs. Southern Utah
17North Carolina Central2-023918D. North Carolina A&T, 30-16Sept. 16 at UCLA
18Southern Illinois2-021423D. Northern Illinois, 14-11Sept. 16 at No. 15 Southeast Missouri St.
19Delaware1-116119Lost to Penn St., 63-7Sept. 16 vs. St. Francis (Pa.)
20Rhode Island1-115922D. Stony Brook, 35-14Sept. 16 at Maine
21Mercer2-111424D. Morehead St., 48-22Sept. 23 at No. 8 Furman
22t.Fordham2-197NRD. Buffalo, 40-37Sept. 23 vs. Stonehill
22t.Southeastern Louisiana0-29717Lost to South Alabama, 35-17Sept. 16 at Eastern Washington
24Florida A&M1-19121Lost to South Florida, 38-24Sept. 16 vs. West Florida
25Illinois St.2-050NRD. Western Illinois, 34-18Sept. 16 at Eastern Illinois

Dropped Out: Northern Iowa (20), Youngstown St. (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa, 45; Youngstown St., 39; Yale, 29; Gardner-Webb, 25; Central Arkansas, 17; Richmond, 17; Jackson St., 15; Murray St., 14; Harvard, 10; Eastern Kentucky, 9; Princeton, 9; Villanova, 5; Western Carolina, 5; St. Thomas (Minn.), 4; Stephen F. Austin, 3; Austin Peay, 2; Chattanooga, 1; Morgan St., 1; Tarleton, 1.`

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 1Next Game
1South Dakota St. (25)1-06251D. Western Oregon, 45-7Sept. 9 vs. No. 3 Montana St.
2North Dakota St.1-05992D. Eastern Washington, 35-10Sept. 9 vs. Maine
3Montana St.1-05733D. Utah Tech, 63-20Sept. 9 at No. 1 South Dakota St.
4William & Mary1-05244D. Campbell, 34-24Sept. 9 vs. Wofford
5Holy Cross1-05035D. Merrimack, 42-20Sept. 9 at Boston College
6Furman1-05006D. Tennessee Tech, 45-10Sept. 9 at South Carolina
7Samford1-04499D. Shorter, 69-14Sept. 9 at Western Carolina
8Sacramento St.1-04448D. Nicholls, 38-24Sept. 9 vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
9Weber St.1-038810D. Central Washington, 35-10Sept. 9 at No. 20 Northern Iowa
10UIW0-13767Lost to UTEP, 28-14Sept. 9 at Northern Colorado
11New Hampshire1-034612D. Stonehill, 51-17Sept. 9 at Central Michigan
12Idaho1-033413D. Lamar, 42-17Sept. 9 at Nevada
13Montana1-029314D. Butler, 35-20Sept. 9 at Utah Tech
14UC Davis1-028617D. Texas A&M-Commerce, 48-10Sept. 9 at Oregon St.
15North Dakota1-025818D. Drake, 55-7Sept. 9 vs. Northern Arizona
16Southeast Missouri St.0-123811Lost to Kansas St., 45-0Sept. 9 vs. Lindenwood
17Southeastern Louisiana0-122415Lost to Mississippi St., 48-7Sept. 9 at South Alabama
18North Carolina Central1-019119D. Winston-Salem St., 47-21Sept. 9 at North Carolina A&T
19Delaware1-018121D. Stony Brook, 37-13Sept. 9 at Penn St.
20Northern Iowa0-112720Lost to Iowa St., 30-9Sept. 9 vs. No. 9 Weber St.
21Florida A&M1-012425D. Jackson St., 28-10Sept. 9 at South Florida
22Rhode Island0-16523Lost to Georgia St., 42-35Sept. 8 vs. Stony Brook
23Southern Illinois1-064NRD. Austin Peay, 49-23Sept. 9 at Northern Illinois
24Mercer1-16222Lost to Mississippi, 73-7Sept. 9 vs. Morehead St.
25Youngstown St.1-058NRD. Valparaiso, 52-10Sept. 9 at Ohio St.

Dropped Out: Richmond (16), Gardner-Webb (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Richmond, 50; Fordham, 41; Gardner-Webb, 32; Yale, 30; Illinois St., 21; St. Thomas (Minn.), 19; Central Arkansas, 16; North Carolina A&T, 14; Eastern Kentucky, 12; Morgan St., 12; Northern Arizona, 12; Princeton, 11; Harvard, 7; Jackson St., 5; Elon, 4; Hampton, 4; Campbell, 1; Southern Utah, 1; Stephen F. Austin, 1.

RankSchool (1st votes)2022 Rec.Pts.2022 RankSeason OpenerHead Coach
1South Dakota St. (24)14-16241Aug. 31 vs. Western OregonJimmy Rogers
2North Dakota St. (1)12-35962Sept. 2 vs. Eastern WashingtonMatt Entz
3Montana St.12-25675Sept. 2 vs. Utah TechBrent Vigen
4William & Mary11-25108Aug. 31 at CampbellMike London
5Holy Cross12-14596Sept. 2 vs. MerrimackBob Chesney
6Furman10-343810Aug. 31 vs. Tennessee TechClay Hendrix
7UIW12-24243Sept. 2 at UTEPClint Killough
8Sacramento St.12-14214Aug. 31 at Nicholls St.Andy Thompson
9Samford11-24147Aug. 31 vs. ShorterChris Hatcher
10Weber St.10-33259Aug. 31 vs. Central WashingtonMickey Mental
11Southeast Missouri St.9-332213Sept. 2 at Kansas St. Tom Matukewicz
12New Hampshire9-430415Sept. 2 at StonehillRick Santos
13Idaho7-528822Aug. 31 at LamarJason Eck
14Montana8-528514Sept. 2 vs. ButlerBobby Hauck
15Southeastern Louisiana9-425919Sept. 2 at Mississippi St.Frank Scelfo
16Richmond9-423512Sept. 2 vs. Morgan St.Russ Huesman
17UC Davis6-5226NRAug. 31 at Texas A&M-CommerceDan Hawkins
18North Dakota7-5188NRSept. 2 vs. DrakeBubba Schweigert
19North Carolina Central10-213917Sept. 2 vs. Winston-Salem St.Trei Oliver
20Northern Iowa6-5137NRSept. 2 at Iowa St.Mark Farley
21Delaware8-512424tAug. 31 at Stony BrookRyan Carty
22Mercer7-412321Aug. 26 vs. North AlabamaDrew Cronic
23Rhode Island7-473NRAug. 31 at Georgia St.Jim Fleming
24Gardner-Webb7-672NRSept. 2 at Appalachian St. Tre Lamb
25Florida A&M9-27023Sept. 3 vs. Jackson St.Willie Simmons

Others Receiving Votes: Yale, 64; Eastern Kentucky, 59; Fordham, 58; Jackson St., 37; Elon, 30; St. Thomas (Minn.), 30; Youngstown St., 28; Princeton, 26; Southern Illinois, 26; UT Martin, 23; Central Arkansas, 22; Chattanooga, 13; North Carolina A&T, 13; Illinois St., 12; Northern Arizona, 12; Southern, 9; Davidson, 7; St. Francis (Pa.), 7; Tennessee Tech, 6; Howard, 5; Pennsylvania, 5; Abilene Christian, 4; Austin Peay, 3; Campbell, 2; Villanova, 1.


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.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 3Next Game
1Ferris St. (Mich.) (23)2-17401Lost to Montana, 17-10Sept. 30 vs. Northern Michigan
2Colorado School of Mines (7)3-07262D. Adams St. (Colo.), 70-7Sept. 23 at Colorado St.-Pueblo
3Pittsburg St. (Kan.)3-06873D. Central Missouri, 38-37Sept. 23 vs. Nebraska-Kearney
4Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)3-06225D. Southern Arkansas, 52-24Sept. 23 at Arkansas-Monticello
5Minnesota St. 3-05906D. Minot St. (N.D.), 52-25Sept. 23 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
6Grand Valley St. (Mich.)2-15687D. No. 19 Assumption (Mass.), 43-7Sept. 30 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
7West Florida2-15644Lost to Florida A&M, 31-10Sept. 23 vs. West Georgia
8Delta St. (Miss.)3-05558D. Mississippi Valley St., 35-7Sept. 23 vs. Shorter (Ga.)
9Bemidji St. (Minn.)3-051010D. Winona St. (Minn.), 36-10Sept. 23 at Mary (N.D.)
10Harding (Ark.)3-047511D. Arkansas-Monticello, 59-19Sept. 23 at No. 20 Henderson St. (Ark.)
11Emporia St. (Kan.)3-045012D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 38-0Sept. 23 vs. Central Oklahoma
12Slippery Rock (Pa.)3-040713D. Millersville (Pa.), 42-21Sept. 23 at Seton Hill (Pa.)
13Shepherd (W.Va.)3-036614D. California (Pa.), 44-34Sept. 23 vs. Kutztown (Pa.)
14Benedict (S.C.)3-035416D. Lane (Tenn.), 54-7Sept. 23 at Chowan (N.C.)
15Virginia Union3-030717D. Livingstone (N.C.), 28-20Sept. 23 vs. Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
16Indianapolis (Ind.)2-028018D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 28-7Sept. 23 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
17Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)3-025020D. Erskine (S.C.), 62-0Sept. 23 at Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
18Texas A&M-Kingsville3-024921D. Western New Mexico, 30-9Sept. 23 at Texas-Permian Basin
19Western Colorado3-019425D. No. 22 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 30-14Sept. 23 at Chadron St. (Neb.)
20Henderson St. (Ark.)3-017723D. Arkansas Tech, 27-24Sept. 23 vs. No. 10 Harding (Ark.)
21Davenport (Mich.)2-013424IdleSept. 23 vs. William Jewell (Mo.)
22Angelo St. (Tex.)1-21109Lost to Central Washington, 27-24Sept. 23 vs. Western New Mexico
23Minnesota-Duluth3-096NRD. Sioux Falls (S.D.), 42-34Sept. 23 at Southwest Minnesota St.
24Assumption (Mass.)2-16419Lost to No. 7 Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 43-7Sept. 30 vs. Pace (N.Y.)
25Central Missouri2-135NRLost to No. 3 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 38-37Sept. 23 at Washburn (Kan.)

Dropped Out: Northwest Missouri St. (15), Colorado St.-Pueblo (22)

Others Receiving Votes: Valdosta St. (Ga.), 34; Tuskegee (Ala.), 33; Truman St. (Mo.), 32; Augustana (S.D.), 30; Virginia St., 28; Northwest Missouri St., 23; Indiana (Pa.), 17; West Georgia, 11; Tiffin (Ohio), 8; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 5; Central Washington, 4; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 4; Mars Hill (N.C.), 4; Missouri Western St., 3; Ashland (Ohio), 2; Notre Dame (Ohio), 2.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 2Next Game
1Ferris St. (Mich.) (27)2-07451D. No. 21 Ashland (Ohio), 38-28Sept. 16 at Montana
2Colorado School of Mines (2)2-07192D. No. 4 Angelo St. (Tex.), 31-21Sept. 16 vs. Adams St. (Colo.)
3Pittsburg St. (Kan.)2-06893D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 40-14Sept. 16 at Central Missouri
4West Florida2-06316D. McKendree (Ill.), 35-3Sept. 16 at Florida A&M
5Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)2-05728D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 66-0Sept. 16 vs. Southern Arkansas
6Minnesota St. 2-05629D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 31-14Sept. 16 at Minot St. (N.D.)
7Grand Valley St. (Mich.)1-15577D. No. 25 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 57-49 2OTSept. 16 vs. No. 19Assumption (Mass.)
8Delta St. (Miss.)2-052210D. Chowan (N.C.), 42-18Sept. 16 vs. Mississippi Valley St.
9Angelo St. (Tex.)1-14934Lost to No. 2 Colorado School of Mines, 31-21Sept. 16 at Central Washington
10Bemidji St. (Minn.)2-047411D. Southwest Minnesota St., 34-14Sept. 16 vs. Winona St. (Minn.)
11Harding (Ark.)2-042812D. Oklahoma Baptist, 49-10Sept. 16 vs. Arkansas-Monticello
12Emporia St. (Kan.)2-040618D. No. 5 Northwest Missouri St., 33-13Sept. 16 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)
13Slippery Rock (Pa.)2-036015D. West Chester (Pa.), 49-24Sept. 16 vs. Millersville (Pa.)
14Shepherd (W.Va.)2-035814D. Edinboro (Pa.), 35-28Sept. 16 at California (Pa.)
15Northwest Missouri St.1-13525Lost to No. 18 Emporia St. (Kan.), 33-13Sept. 16 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
16Benedict (S.C.)2-032116D. Edward Waters (Fla.), 34-0Sept. 16 at Lane (Tenn.)
17Virginia Union (1)2-027717D. Shaw (N.C.), 26-13Sept. 16 at Livingstone (N.C.)
18Indianapolis (Ind.)1-021519IdleSept. 16 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.)
19Assumption (Mass.)2-018523D. Southern Connecticut St., 42-29Sept. 16 at No. 7 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
20Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)2-017624D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 24-10Sept. 16 vs. Erskine (S.C.)
21Texas A&M-Kingsville2-099NRD. No. 20 West Georgia, 20-17Sept. 16 at Western New Mexico
22Colorado St.-Pueblo1-19125Lost to No. 7 Grand Valley (Mich.), 57-49 2OTSept. 16 vs. No. 25 Western Colo.
23Henderson St. (Ark.)2-079NRD. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 38-28Sept. 16 at Arkansas Tech
24Davenport (Mich.)2-063NRD. Bowie St. (Md.), 24-19Sept. 23 vs. William Jewell (Mo.)
25Western Colorado2-056NRD. Texas-Permian Basin, 35-27Sept. 16 at No. 22 Colorado St.-Pueblo

Dropped Out: Indiana (Pa.) (13), West Georgia (20), Ashland (Ohio) (21), Wingate (N.C.) (22)

Others Receiving Votes: Ashland (Ohio), 49; Indiana (Pa.), 47; Notre Dame (Ohio), 30; West Georgia, 27; Minnesota-Duluth, 26; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 22; Tuskegee (Ala.), 16; Augustana (S.D.), 15; Central Missouri, 13; Tiffin (Ohio), 13; Truman St. (Mo.), 12; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 9; Mars Hill (N.C.), 8; Millersville (Pa.), 8; Wingate (N.C.), 8; Bowie St. (Md.), 6; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 5; Newberry (S.C.), 4; Lincoln (Pa.), 1; Virginia St., 1.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Season OpenerNext Game
1Ferris St. (Mich.) (27)1-07211D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 54-12Sept. 9 at No. 21 Ashland (Ohio)
2Colorado School of Mines (1)1-06932D. No. 3 Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 31-28Sept. 9 at No. 4 Angelo St. (Tex.)
3Pittsburg St. (Kan.)1-06634D. Washburn (Kan.), 34-7Sept. 7 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
4Angelo St. (Tex.)1-06165D. West Alabama, 38-14Sept. 9 vs. No. 2 Colorado School of Mines
5Northwest Missouri St.1-05836D. Missouri Southern, 31-24Sept. 7 vs. No. 18 Emporia St. (Kan.)
6West Florida1-05587D. Kentucky Wesleyan, 35-3Sept. 9 at McKendree (Ill.)
7Grand Valley St. (Mich.)0-15363Lost to No. 2 Colorado Mines, 31-28Sept. 9 vs. No. 25 Colorado St.-Pueblo
8Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)1-05108D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 38-14Sept. 9 vs. Northwestern Oklahoma St.
9Minnesota St. 1-05059D. Sioux Falls (S.D.), 54-26Sept. 9 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
10Delta St. (Miss.)1-047210D. Missouri S&T, 48-20Sept. 9 at Chowan (N.C.)
11Bemidji St. (Minn.)1-044111D. Northern St. (S.D.), 49-13Sept. 9 at Southwest Minnesota St.
12Harding (Ark.)1-037114D. Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 53-20Sept. 9 vs. Oklahoma Baptist
13Indiana (Pa.)1-034616D. No. 12 Ashland (Ohio), 24-17Sept. 9 vs. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
14Shepherd (W.Va.)1-034113D. Southern Connecticut St., 27-26Sept. 9 at Edinboro (Pa.)
15Slippery Rock (Pa.)1-030915D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 28-17Sept. 9 vs. West Chester (Pa.)
16Benedict (S.C.) (1)1-027417D. Shaw (N.C.), 52-0Sept. 9 at Edward Waters (Fla.)
17Virginia Union1-024918D. Morehouse (Ga.), 45-13Sept. 9 at Shaw (N.C.)
18Emporia St. (Kan.)1-023519D. Lincoln (Mo.), 56-10Sept. 7 at No. 5 Northwest Missouri St.
19Indianapolis (Ind.)1-017020D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 39-20Sept. 16 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.)
20West Georgia1-014022D. Limestone (S.C.), 21-19Sept. 9 at Texas A&M-Kingsville
21Ashland (Ohio)0-113312Lost to No. 16 Indiana (Pa.), 24-17Sept. 9 vs. No. 1 Ferris St. (Mich.)
22Wingate (N.C.)1-013021D. Albany St. (Ga.), 30-7Sept. 7 at Mars Hill (N.C.)
23Assumption (Mass.)1-08423D. Kutztown (Pa.), 31-20Sept. 9 at Southern Connecticut St.
24Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)1-07625D. St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 45-7Sept. 9 at Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
25Colorado St.-Pueblo1-062NRD. Midwestern St. (Tex.), 37-8Sept. 9 at No. 7 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)

Dropped Out: Newberry (S.C.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Newberry (S.C.), 44; Bowie St. (Md.), 38; Wayne St. (Neb.), 20; Henderson St. (Ark.), 16; Western Colorado, 15; Davenport (Mich.), 13; Central Washington, 8; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 8; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 8; Minnesota-Duluth, 7; Notre Dame (Ohio), 5; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 5; Central Oklahoma, 4; Limestone (S.C.), 4; Truman St. (Mo.), 4; Augustana (S.D.), 3; Tiffin (Ohio), 2; Tuskegee (Ala.), 2; Millersville (Pa.), 1.

RankSchool (1st votes)2022 Rec.Pts.2022 RankSeason OpenerHead Coach
1Ferris St. (Mich.) (29)14-17251Aug. 31 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.)Tony Annese
2Colorado School of Mines13-36422Aug. 31 vs. No. 3 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)Pete Sterbick
3Grand Valley St. (Mich.)12-16413Aug. 31 at No. 2 Colorado School of MinesScott Wooster
4Pittsburg St. (Kan.)12-16335Aug. 31 vs. Washburn (Kan.)Brian Wright
5Angelo St. (Tex.)12-15907Aug. 31 at West AlabamaJeff Girsch
6Northwest Missouri St.10-35608Aug. 31 at Missouri SouthernRich Wright
7West Florida12-24824Sept. 1 vs. Kentucky WesleyanKaleb Nobles
8Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)11-145510Aug. 31 at Southwestern Oklahoma St.Todd Knight
9Minnesota St. 10-345014Aug. 31 at Sioux Falls (S.D.)Todd Hoffner
10Delta St. (Miss.)11-24389Aug. 31 at Missouri S&TTodd Cooley
11Bemidji St. (Minn.)10-342024Aug. 31 vs. Northern St. (S.D.)Brent Bolte
12Ashland (Ohio)10-238713Aug. 31 at No. 16 Indiana (Pa.)Doug Geiser
13Shepherd (W.Va.)13-23596Sept. 2 vs. Southern Connecticut St.Ernie McCook
14Harding (Ark.)9-230522Aug. 31 at Southern Nazarene (Okla.)Paul Simmons
15Slippery Rock (Pa.)10-330416Sept. 2 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.)Shawn Lutz
16Indiana (Pa.)10-230011Aug. 31 vs. No. 12 Ashland (Ohio)Paul Tortorella
17Benedict (S.C.) (1)11-123212Sept. 2 vs. Shaw (N.C.)Chennis Berry
18Virginia Union9-220018Sept. 3 vs. Morehouse (Ga.)Alvin Parker
19Emporia St. (Kan.)9-3187NRAug. 31 vs. Lincoln (Mo.)Garin Higgins
20Indianapolis (Ind.)9-214917Sept. 2 vs. Hillsdale (Mich.)Chris Keevers
21Wingate (N.C.)11-314715Aug. 31 vs. Albany St. (Ga.)Joe Reich
22West Georgia8-214619Aug. 31 vs. Limestone (S.C.)David Dean
23Assumption (Mass.)8-3132NRSept. 2 vs. Kutztown (Pa.)Andy McKenzie
24Newberry (S.C.)9-213121Sept. 2 at Shippensburg (Pa.)Todd Knight
25Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)8-3129NRSept. 2 vs. St. Augustine’s (N.C.) Mike Jacobs

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame (Ohio), 99; Davenport (Mich.), 69; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 56; Bowie St. (Md.), 53; Truman St. (Mo.), 31; Central Washington, 30; Limestone (S.C.), 30; Winona St. (Minn.), 23; Wayne St. (Neb.), 18; Henderson St. (Ark.), 17; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 16; Tuskegee (Ala.), 16; Morehouse (Ga.), 13; Findlay (Ohio), 12; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 11; Ohio Dominican, 10; Tiffin (Ohio), 10; California (Pa.), 9; Washburn (Kan.), 9; Charleston (W.Va.), 8; Millersville (Pa.), 8; Mars Hill (N.C.), 6; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 6; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 6; Western Colorado, 6; Kutztown (Pa.), 5; Wayne St. (Mich.), 5; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 5; Gannon (Pa.), 4; Central Oklahoma, 3; Central St. (Ohio), 2; New Haven (Conn.), 2; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 2; Southern Arkansas, 2; Bluefield St. (W.Va.), 1; Minnesota-Duluth, 1; Nebraska-Kearney, 1; West Alabama, 1.


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.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Last WeekNext Game
1North Central (Ill.) (49)2-01225D. Carthage (Wis.), 70-0Sept. 23 at Elmhurst (Ill.)
2Mount Union (Ohio)2-01166D. Marietta (Ohio), 28-0Sept. 23 vs. Muskingum (Ohio)
3Wisconsin-Whitewater3-01093D. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 17-14Sept. 30 at No. 23 Wisconsin-Oshkosh
4Wartburg (Iowa)3-01088D. Buena Vista (Iowa), 47-0Sept. 23 at Simpson (Iowa)
5Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)2-0997IdleSept. 22 at Endicott (Mass.)
6Wisconsin-River Falls3-0914D. Northwestern (Minn.), 75-3Sept. 30 vs. Wisconsin-Platteville
7Linfield (Ore.)2-0846D. Redlands (Calif.), 17-10Sept. 30 vs. Willamette (Ore.)
8Wheaton (Ill.)2-0809D. Illinois Wesleyan, 47-16Sept. 23 vs. Augustana (Ill.)
9Trinity (Tex.)2-1793D. Birmingham-Southern (Ala.), 38-3Sept. 23 vs. Rhodes (Tenn.)
10Johns Hopkins (Md.)3-0726D. Salisbury (Md.), 42-7Sept. 30 at Rowan (N.J.)
11St. John’s (Minn.)1-1692IdleSept. 23 vs. No. 18 Bethel (Minn.)
12Randolph-Macon (Va.)3-0681D. Southern Virginia, 51-10Sept. 30 at Guilford (N.C.)
13Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)3-0553D. Waynesburg (Pa.), 41-10Sept. 23 at Grove City (Pa.)
14Aurora (Ill.)3-0547D. Benedictine (Ill.), 63-7Sept. 30 vs. Eureka (Ill.)
15Wisconsin-La Crosse2-1544D. Northern Michigan, 34-3Sept. 30 vs. Wisconsin-Stout
16Susquehanna (Pa.)3-0515D. Cortland (N.Y.), 38-35Sept. 23 vs. Western New England (Mass.)
17Alma (Mich.)3-0335D. Anderson (Ind.), 60-14Sept. 23 at Wittenberg (Ohio)
18Bethel (Minn.)1-1313D. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 24-0Sept. 23 at No. 11 St. John’s (Minn.)
19John Carroll (Ohio)1-1302D. Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), 30-7Sept. 23 at Heidelberg (Ohio)
20Muhlenberg (Pa.)3-0254D. New Jersey, 38-10Sept. 29 at Ursinus (Pa.)
21Cortland (N.Y.)2-1228Lost to Susquehanna (Pa.), 38-35Sept. 30 at Morrisville St. (N.Y.)
22Ithaca (N.Y.)2-1218D. Alfred (N.Y.), 22-0Sept. 30 vs. Hobart (N.Y.)
23Wisconsin-Oshkosh2-1194D. East Texas Baptist, 60-7Sept. 30 vs. No. 3 Wisconsin-Whitewater
24Utica (N.Y.)3-0112D. Lycoming (Pa.), 38-35Sept. 23 vs. Curry (Mass.)
25t.Delaware Valley (Pa.)2-1106D. Eastern (Pa.), 29-6Sept. 23 vs. King’s (Pa.)
25t.DePauw (Ind.)3-0106D. Hiram (Ohio), 49-0Sept. 23 vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Others Receiving Votes: Rensselaer (N.Y.), 83; Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 82; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 78; Lake Forest (Ill.), 51; Albion (Mich.), 47; Berry (Ga.), 43; Washington (Mo.), 36; Coe (Iowa), 35; Wisconsin-Platteville, 24; Ursinus (Pa.), 18; Massachusetts-Dartmouth, 16; Howard Payne (Tex.), 15; Whitworth (Wash.), 14; Hobart (N.Y.), 9; Union (N.Y.), 6; Belhaven (Miss.), 4; Endicott (Mass.), 2; Huntingdon (Ala.), 2; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), 1; Heidelberg (Ohio), 1; Trinity (Conn.), 1.