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 (6-0)1597161
2Georgia (6-0)149620
3Ohio State (6-0)147631
4Clemson (6-0)143342
5Notre Dame (6-0)134870
6West Virginia (5-0)124980
7Washington (5-1)1148100
8Penn State (4-1)1136110
9Central Florida (5-0)932130
10Wisconsin (4-1)916120
11Oklahoma (5-1)90350
12LSU (5-1)85860
13Michigan (5-1)846160
14Texas (5-1)833200
15Miami (Fla.) (5-1)657170
16Florida (5-1)633not ranked0
17Oregon (4-1)558180
18Colorado (5-0)513220
19North Carolina State (5-0)413250
20Kentucky (5-1)381150
21Auburn (4-2)35790
22Texas A&M (4-2)205not ranked0
23South Florida (5-0)185not ranked0
24Stanford (4-2)156140
25Cincinnati (6-0)133not ranked0

Dropped out: No. 19 Michigan State (3-2), No. 21 Oklahoma State (4-2), No. 23 Virginia Tech (3-2), No. 24 Boise State (3-2).

Others receiving votes: Washington State (5-1) 113; Iowa (4-1) 89; Mississippi State (4-2) 67; Appalachian State (3-1) 38; TCU (3-2) 33; San Diego State (4-1) 25; Utah (3-2) 12; Utah State (4-1) 11; South Carolina (3-2) 10; Duke (4-1) 8; Troy (5-1) 8; Boise State (3-2) 6; Hawaii (6-1) 6; Syracuse (4-2) 6; Virginia Tech (3-2) 2; Alabama-Birmingham (4-1) 1; Army (3-2) 1; Fresno State (4-1) 1; Michigan State (3-2) 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)5-06501D. No. 22 Northern Iowa, 56-31Oct. 13 vs. Western Illinois
2.Kennesaw St.5-16143D. Presbyterian, 56-0Oct. 13 vs. Gardner-Webb
3. Eastern Washington5-15924tD. Southern Utah, 55-17Oct. 13 vs. No. 13 Weber St.
4. Wofford4-15356D. Chattanooga, 21-10Oct. 13 vs. Furman
5.South Dakota St.3-15334tD. Indiana St., 54-51 OTOct. 13 vs. Youngstown St.
6.Elon4-15289D. No. 2 James Madison, 27-24Oct. 13 at Delaware
7. Jacksonville St.4-14838D. Eastern Kentucky, 56-7Oct. 13 vs. Eastern Illinois
8. James Madison4-24492Lost to No. 9 Elon, 27-24Oct. 13 at No. 25 Villanova
9.McNeese5-143810D. Abilene Christian, 24-21Oct. 20 vs. Incarnate Word
10. North Carolina A&T5-141311D. Delaware St., 34-6Oct. 13 vs. Florida A&M
11.Nicholls4-238812D. Northwestern St., 28-10Oct. 13 vs. Abilene Christian
12.Illinois St.4-134414D. Western Illinois, 33-16Oct. 13 vs. Southern Illinois
13.Weber St.3-23237Lost to Northern Arizona, 28-24Oct. 13 at No. 3 Eastern Washington
14.Sam Houston St.3-230316D. Stephen F. Austin, 54-21Oct. 13 vs. Northwestern St.
15.Rhode Island4-128317D. Brown, 48-0Oct. 13 vs. No. 22 Maine
16.Central Arkansas3-222218D. Houston Baptist, 66-35Oct. 13 vs. Stephen F. Austin
17. Colgate5-020020D. Bucknell, 27-3Oct. 13 vs. Cornell
18.Towson4-119524D. No. 13 Stony Brook, 52-28Oct. 13 vs. William & Mary
19. UC Davis4-119321D. Northern Colorado, 49-36Oct. 13 at Idaho St.
20. Stony Brook4-214913Lost to No. 24 Towson, 52-28Oct. 13 at New Hampshire
21.Princeton4-013023D. Lehigh, 66-7Oct. 13 vs. Brown
22.Maine3-212525D. No. 19 Villanova, 13-10Oct. 13 at No. 15 Rhode Island
23.Montana4-210415Lost to Portland St., 22-20Oct. 13 vs. North Dakota
24.East Tennessee St.5-172NRD. Gardner-Webb, 45-0Oct. 13 vs. The Citadel
25.Villanova3-34619Lost to No. 25 Maine, 13-10Oct. 13 vs. No. 8 James Madison

Dropped Out: Northern Iowa (22)

Others Receiving Votes: South Dakota, 36; Idaho St., 27; Dartmouth, 23; Northern Iowa, 21; Delaware, 9; Incarnate Word, 7; North Dakota, 7; Missouri St., 4; Chattanooga, 2; Montana St., 2

*Games Played through October 7th


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)6-08191D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 42-20Oct. 13 vs. Minot St. (N.D.)
2.Grand Valley St. (Mich.)6-07802D. Dixie St. (Utah), 35-14Oct. 13 vs. No. 3 Ferris St. (Mich.)
3.Ferris St. (Mich.) (4)6-07703D. Michigan Tech, 42-24Oct. 13 at No. 2 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
4.West Georgia6-07085D. North Greenville (S.C.), 31-7Oct. 13 at No. 10 West Florida
5.Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)6-06656D. No. 19 Harding (Ark.), 7-3Oct. 13 at Oklahoma Baptist
6.Minnesota-Duluth6-06307D. Augustana (S.D.), 28-17Oct. 13 vs. Southwest Minnesota St.
7.Texas A&M-Commerce5-15949D. No. 4 Midwestern St. (Texas), 20-19Oct. 13 vs. No. 16 Tarleton St. (Texas)
8.Valdosta St. (Ga.)6-058410D. Delta St. (Miss.), 59-28Oct. 13 at Florida Tech
9.Colorado School of Mines6-052512D. Western St. Colorado, 44-16Oct. 13 at Fort Lewis (Colo.)
10.West Florida5-149611D. North Alabama, 24-19Oct. 13 vs. No. 4 West Georgia
11.West Chester (Pa.)6-046313D. Bloomsburg (Pa.), 17-14Oct. 20 at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
12.Midwestern St. (Texas)5-14504Lost to No. 9 Texas A&M-Commerce, 20-19Oct. 13 at Texas A&M-Kingsville
13.Northwest Missouri St.5-144816D. No. 8 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 31-7Oct. 13 vs. Nebraska-Kearney
14.Colorado St.-Pueblo5-140615D. New Mexico Highlands, 48-3Oct. 13 at Colorado Mesa
15.Southern Arkansas6-035617D. Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 21-16Oct. 13 at Southeastern Oklahoma St.
16.Tarleton St. (Texas)5-031921D. Eastern New Mexico, 48-28Oct. 13 at No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce
17.Notre Dame (Ohio)6-029620D. Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 24-21Oct. 13 vs. Urbana (Ohio)
18.Pittsburg St. (Kan.)5-12818Lost to No. 16 Northwest Missouri St., 31-7Oct. 13 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
19.Kutztown (Pa.)5-022023D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 35-33Oct. 13 vs. Lock Haven (Pa.)
20.Indianapolis (Ind.)4-121522D. Missouri S&T, 24-17Oct. 13 at Quincy (Ill.)
21.Central Washington4-211125D. No. 24 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 45-31Oct. 13 vs. Western Oregon
22.Tiffin (Ohio)6-093NRD. Malone (Ohio), 38-21Oct. 13 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan
23.Indiana (Pa.)4-27114Lost to Slippery Rock (Pa.), 30-27Oct. 13 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
24.Harding (Ark.)4-26619Lost to No. 6 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 7-3Oct. 13 at Southwestern Oklahoma St.
25.LIU-Post (N.Y.) 5-064NRD. Shippensburg (Pa.), 41-39Oct. 13 vs. St. Anselm (N.H.)

Dropped Out: Fort Hays St. (Kan.) (18), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Ohio Dominican, 57; Davenport (Mich.), 46; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 37; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 33; Morehouse (Ga.), 23; Florida Tech, 19; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 17; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 17; West Texas A&M, 13; Hillsdale (Mich.), 11; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 7; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 5; Colorado Mesa, 5; Virginia Union, 2; Winona St. (Minn.), 2; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 1.

*Games Played through October 7th


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) (40)5-012881D. Wilmington (Ohio), 63-7Oct. 13 at Capital (Ohio)
2.Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (12)5-012602D. No. 6 Hardin-Simmons (Tex.), 26-0Oct. 13 at Howard Payne (Tex.)
3.St. Thomas (Minn.)5-011933D. Augsburg (Minn.), 73-14Oct. 13 at No. 7 St. John’s (Minn.)
4.Brockport (N.Y.)5-011124D. Hartwick (N.Y.), 55-7Oct. 13 at Alfred (N.Y.)
5.Wisconsin-Whitewater5-010787D. No. 11 Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 20-0Oct. 13 at Wisconsin-Eau Claire
6.Frostburg St. (Md.)4-010448D. No. 5 Wesley (Del.), 35-34Oct. 13 vs. William Paterson (N.J.)
7.St. John’s (Minn.)5-09679D. Bethel (Minn.), 34-16Oct. 13 vs. No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.)
8.Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)6-090010D. No. 16 Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 44-36Oct. 13 vs. Geneva (Pa.)
9.Wittenberg (Ohio)5-078612D. Hiram (Ohio), 47-28Oct. 13 at Allegheny (Pa.)
10.Wesley (Del.)4-17855Lost to No. 8 Frostburg St. (Md.), 35-34Oct. 13 at Kean (N.J.)
11.Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)4-17066Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 26-0Oct. 13 vs. Sul Ross St. (Tex.)
12.Berry (Ga.)6-070213D. Sewanee (Tenn.), 44-3Oct. 13 at Hendrix (Ark.)
13.John Carroll (Ohio)4-167715D. Capital (Ohio), 44-0Oct. 13 at Ohio Northern
14.Trine (Ind.)5-063314D. Alma (Mich.), 52-24Oct. 13 at Olivet (Mich.)
15.Wheaton (Ill.)4-155717D. North Park (Ill.), 55-0Oct. 13 at Washington (Mo.)
16.North Central (Ill.)4-145718D. Augustana (Ill.), 48-10Oct. 13 vs. Carroll (Wis.)
17.Delaware Valley (Pa.)4-137519IdleOct. 13 vs. Lycoming (Pa.)
18.Rensselaer (N.Y.)5-036820D. Ithaca (N.Y.), 10-9Oct. 13 vs. Hobart (N.Y.)
19.Illinois Wesleyan4-131921D. Carthage (Wis.), 40-34 2OTOct. 13 vs. Elmhurst (Ill.)
20.Central (Iowa)6-030423D. Nebraska Wesleyan, 35-29Oct. 13 vs. Simpson (Iowa)
21.Wisconsin-Oshkosh3-227311Lost to No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 20-0Oct. 13 vs. Wisconsin-Platteville
22.Whitworth (Wash.)4-023224D. George Fox (Ore.), 38-14Oct. 13 vs. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)
23.Case Western Reserve (Ohio)4-123116Lost to No. 10 Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 44-36Oct. 13 vs. St. Vincent (Pa.)
24.Johns Hopkins (Md.)5-119225D. Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 42-12Oct. 13 at Gettysburg (Pa.)
25.Muhlenberg (Pa.)5-0134NRD. Ursinus (Pa.), 34-14Oct. 13 at Thomas More (Ky.)

Dropped Out: Wabash (Ind.) (22)

Others Receiving Votes: Salisbury (Md.), 93; Wisconsin-Platteville, 39; Linfield (Ore.), 35; Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 24; Wabash (Ind.), 23; Wisconsin-La Crosse, 21; Amherst (Mass.), 15; Monmouth (Ill.), 15; Western Connecticut St., 12; Bethel (Minn.), 9; Williams (Mass.), 8; Marietta (Ohio), 6; MIT (Mass.), 6; Denison (Ohio), 5; Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 4; Randolph-Macon (Va.), 4; Ithaca (N.Y.), 3; East Texas Baptist, 2; Framingham St. (Mass.), 2; Springfield (Mass.), 1.

*Games Played through October 7th


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