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 (5-0)1597161
2Georgia (5-0)149030
3Ohio State (5-0)146741
4Clemson (5-0)141722
5Oklahoma (5-0)131350
6LSU (5-0)128560
7Notre Dame (5-0)124680
8West Virginia (4-0)1055120
9Auburn (4-1)1049100
10Washington (4-1)1027110
11Penn State (4-1)100290
12Wisconsin (3-1)797130
13Central Florida (4-0)763140
14Stanford (4-1)75370
15Kentucky (5-0)690170
16Michigan (4-1)627150
17Miami (Fla.) (4-1)587160
18Oregon (4-1)453200
19Michigan State (3-1)376180
20Texas (4-1)342220
21Oklahoma State (4-1)255210
22Colorado (4-0)170not ranked0
23Virginia Tech (3-1)167240
24Boise State (3-1)160250
25North Carolina State (4-0)121not ranked0

Dropped out: No. 19 Mississippi State (3-2), No. 23 Duke (4-1).

Others receiving votes: South Florida (4-0) 109; Florida (4-1) 105; Syracuse (4-1) 48; Washington State (4-1) 43; Cincinnati (5-0) 42; TCU (3-2) 40; Appalachian State (3-1) 34; Texas A&M (3-2) 31; Iowa (3-1) 23; Missouri (3-1) 21; Maryland (3-1) 14; Mississippi State (3-2) 13; Southern California (3-2) 10; Boston College (4-1) 9; San Diego State (3-1) 9; Arizona State (3-2) 8; South Carolina (2-2) 6; California (3-1) 5; Duke (4-1) 5; Troy (4-1) 5; Army (3-2) 4; Brigham Young (3-2) 4; Louisiana Tech (3-1) 2; Fresno State (3-1) 1.

Note: DJ Durkin of Maryland is currently not eligible to participate in the poll.

*Games Played through September 30th


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 Southland 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)4-06501D. No. 3 South Dakota St., 21-17Oct. 6 at No. 22 Northern Iowa
2. James Madison4-16242D. Richmond, 63-10Oct. 6 vs. No. 9 Elon
3.Kennesaw St.4-15814D. Samford, 24-10Oct. 6 vs. Presbyterian
4t.Eastern Washington4-15575D. Montana St., 34-17Oct. 6 vs. Indiana St.
4t.South Dakota St.2-15573Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 21-17Oct. 6 at Southern Utah
6.Wofford3-15306D. Gardner-Webb, 45-14Oct. 6 vs. Chattanooga
7.Weber St.3-15007IdleOct. 6 vs. Northern Arizona
8.Jacksonville St.3-14668D. Austin Peay, 48-32Oct. 6 vs. Eastern Kentucky
9.Elon3-14389D. New Hampshire, 30-9Oct. 6 at No. 2 James Madison
10.McNeese4-141811D. Stephen F. Austin, 17-10Oct. 6 at Abilene Christian
11.North Carolina A&T4-136813D. South Carolina St., 31-16Oct. 6 at Delaware St.
12.Nicholls3-234415D. Lamar, 50-27Oct. 6 vs. Northwestern St.
13.Stony Brook4-133017D. No. 14 Villanova, 29-27Oct. 6 at No. 24 Towson
14.Illinois St.3-126610Lost to Missouri St., 24-21Oct. 6 vs. Western Illinois
15.Montana4-126218D. Cal Poly, 48-28Oct. 6 at Portland St.
16.Sam Houston St.2-224219D. No. 12 Central Arkansas, 34-31 OTOct. 6 at Stephen F. Austin
17.Rhode Island3-120520D. Harvard, 23-16Oct. 6 vs. Brown
18. Central Arkansas2-219812Lost to No. 19 Sam Houston St., 34-31 OTOct. 6 at Houston Baptist
19.Villanova3-218514Lost to No. 17 Stony Brook, 29-27Oct. 6 at No. 25 Maine
20.Colgate4-014923D. William & Mary, 23-0Oct. 6 at Bucknell
21.UC Davis3-114422IdleOct. 6 vs. Northern Colorado
22.Northern Iowa2-213921D. Indiana St., 33-0Oct. 6 vs. No. 1 North Dakota St.
23.Princeton3-07225D. Columbia, 45-10Oct. 6 vs. Lehigh
24.Towson3-165NRD. The Citadel, 44-27Oct. 6 vs. No. 13 Stony Brook
25.Maine2-26316Lost to Yale, 35-14Oct. 6 vs. No. 19 Villanova

Dropped Out: Chattanooga (24)

Others Receiving Votes: East Tennessee St., 17; South Dakota, 15; Chattanooga, 14; Missouri St., 13; Western Illinois, 10; Sacramento St., 7; Southeastern Louisiana, 5; Yale, 4; Dartmouth, 3; Montana St., 3; Delaware, 2; Idaho St., 2; Harvard, 1; Tennessee St., 1.

*Games Played through September 30th


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. (28)5-08181D. St. Cloud State (Minn.), 45-10Oct. 6 at Minnesota St.-Moorhead
2.Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (1)5-07783D. Northwood (Mich.), 52-7Oct. 6 vs. Dixie St. (Utah)
3.Ferris St. (Mich.) (4)5-07604D. Ashland (Ohio), 28-21Oct. 6 vs. Michigan Tech
4.Midwestern St. (Texas)5-07315D. Eastern New Mexico, 31-23Oct. 6 vs. No. 9 Texas A&M-Commerce
5.West Georgia5-06866D. Shorter (Ga.), 58-27Oct. 6 vs. North Greenville (S.C.)
6.Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)5-06317D. Arkansas Tech, 24-7Oct. 6 at No. 19 Harding (Ark.)
7.Minnesota-Duluth5-05718D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 32-3Oct. 6 at Augustana (S.D.)
8.Pittsburg St. (Kan.)5-054410D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 27-24 OTOct. 6 vs. No. 16 Northwest Missouri St.
9.Texas A&M-Commerce4-15299D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 68-6Oct. 6 at No. 4 Midwestern St. (Texas)
10.Valdosta St. (Ga.)5-046513D. Mississippi College, 63-42Oct. 6 vs. Delta St. (Miss.)
11.West Florida4-146311D. Delta St. (Miss.), 30-21Oct. 6 at North Alabama
12.Colorado School of Mines5-045914tD. No. 24 Colorado Mesa, 72-31Oct. 6 at Western St. Colorado
13.West Chester (Pa.)5-042112D. Shippensburg (Pa.), 28-21Oct. 6 at Bloomsburg (Pa.)
14.Indiana (Pa.)4-14102Lost to California (Pa.), 36-24Oct. 6 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
15.Colorado St.-Pueblo4-138216D. South Dakota Mines, 41-14Oct. 6 vs. New Mexico Highlands
16.Northwest Missouri St.4-134117D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 41-0Oct. 6 at No. 8 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
17.Southern Arkansas5-029319D. Oklahoma Baptist, 55-45Oct. 6 vs. Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
18.Fort Hays St. (Kan.)4-127818D. Central Oklahoma, 15-0Oct. 6 at Emporia St. (Kan.)
19.Harding (Ark.)4-121720D. Arkansas-Monticello, 47-21Oct. 6 vs. No. 6 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
20.Notre Dame (Ohio)5-019023D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 55-21Oct. 4 at Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
21.Tarleton St. (Texas)4-017725D. Angelo St. (Texas), 54-33Oct. 6 vs. Eastern New Mexico
22.Indianapolis (Ind.)3-116022D. Lincoln (Mo.), 41-17Oct. 6 at Missouri S&T
23.Kutztown (Pa.)4-061NRD. Bloomsburg (Pa.), 44-10Oct. 6 at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
24.Azusa Pacific (Calif.)4-155NRD. Humboldt St. (Calif.), 37-21Oct. 6 vs. No. 25 Central Washington
25.Central Washington3-25414tLost to West Texas A&M, 28-26Oct. 6 at No. 24 Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

Dropped Out: West Alabama (21), Colorado Mesa (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Sioux Falls (S.D.), 52; Tiffin (Ohio), 45; Ohio Dominican, 39; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 33; LIU-Post (N.Y.), 16; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 10; Chadron St. (Neb.), 9; West Texas A&M, 9; Bowie St. (Md.), 7; Central Missouri, 7; Davenport (Mich.), 7; Florida Tech, 4; Hillsdale (Mich.), 4; West Alabama, 4; Colorado Mesa, 2; Charleston (W.Va.), 1; Morehouse (Ga.), 1; Virginia Union, 1.

*Games Played through September 30th


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) (43)4-012911D. Otterbein (Ohio), 56-14Oct. 6 vs. Wilmington (Ohio)
2.Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (9)4-012572D. Southwestern (Tex.), 77-7Oct. 6 vs. No. 6 Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)
3.St. Thomas (Minn.)4-011863D. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 46-7Oct. 6 vs. Augsburg (Minn.)
4.Brockport (N.Y.)4-011014D. St. John Fisher (N.Y.), 49-7Oct. 6 at Hartwick (N.Y.)
5.Wesley (Del.)4-010416D. Southern Virginia, 28-7Oct. 6 vs. No. 8 Frostburg St. (Md.)
6.Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)4-010197D. East Texas Baptist, 59-17Oct. 6 at No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.)
7.Wisconsin-Whitewater3-09958D. No. 25 Wisconsin-La Crosse, 30-7Oct. 6 vs. No. 11 Wisconsin-Oshkosh
8.Frostburg St. (Md.)3-09179IdleOct. 6 at No. 5 Wesley (Del.)
9.St. John’s (Minn.)4-090110D. Augsburg (Minn.), 52-0Oct. 6 at Bethel (Minn.)
10.Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)5-075412D. Bethany (W.Va.), 27-20Oct. 6 vs. No. 16 Case Western Reserve (Ohio)
11.Wisconsin-Oshkosh3-175013D. Wisconsin-River Falls, 48-14Oct. 6 at No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater
12.Wittenberg (Ohio)4-069511D. Denison (Ohio), 68-66 4OTOct. 6 vs. Hiram (Ohio)
13.Berry (Ga.)5-058416D. Austin College (Tex.), 61-0Oct. 6 vs. Sewanee (Tenn.)
14.Trine (Ind.)4-057715D. Hope (Mich.), 35-25Oct. 6 vs. Alma (Mich.)
15.John Carroll (Ohio)3-156817D. Muskingum (Ohio), 44-7Oct. 6 vs. Capital (Ohio)
16.Case Western Reserve (Ohio)4-049818D. Westminster (Pa.), 35-14Oct. 6 at No. 10 Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)
17.Wheaton (Ill.)3-139924D. No. 5 North Central (Ill.), 52-30Oct. 6 vs. North Park (Ill.)
18.North Central (Ill.)3-13525Lost to No. 24 Wheaton (Ill.), 52-30Oct. 6 at Augustana (Ill.)
19.Delaware Valley (Pa.)4-133820D. Stevenson (Md.), 31-20Oct. 13 vs. Lycoming (Pa.)
20.Rensselaer (N.Y.)4-031719IdleOct. 6 at Ithaca (N.Y.)
21.Illinois Wesleyan3-131021D. Carroll (Wis.), 28-13Oct. 6 vs. Carthage (Wis.)
22.Wabash (Ind.)4-025422D. Wooster (Ohio), 48-20Oct. 6 at Denison (Ohio)
23.Central (Iowa)5-0163NRD. Buena Vista (Iowa), 62-20Oct. 6 at Nebraska Wesleyan
24.Whitworth (Wash.)3-0112NRD. No. 14 Linfield (Ore.), 19-14Oct. 6 at George Fox (Ore.)
25.Johns Hopkins (Md.)4-187NRD. Ursinus (Pa.), 52-6Oct. 6 at Franklin & Marshall (Pa.)

Dropped Out: Linfield (Ore.) (14), Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) (23), Wisconsin-La Crosse (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Muhlenberg (Pa.), 86; Salisbury (Md.), 70; Linfield (Ore.), 64; Wisconsin-Platteville, 44; Wisconsin-La Crosse, 30; Ithaca (N.Y.), 27; Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 19; Bethel (Minn.), 19; Union (N.Y.), 15; Amherst (Mass.), 14; Monmouth (Ill.), 12; Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 6; Cortland (N.Y.), 5; Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 4; Randolph-Macon (Va.), 4; Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 3; Ohio Northern, 3; Western Connecticut St., 3; Wisconsin-Stout, 3; MIT (Mass.), 2; Marietta (Ohio), 1.

*Games Played through September 30th


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