Grand Valley State Finished the Regular Season Ranked No. 25 in the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25

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WACO, TEX.– Thanks to an upset loss by then-No. 1 Delta State (Miss.), Colorado State-Pueblo ends the regular season at No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Thunderwolves finished with an 11-0 record and will host a second round playoff game on November 26. Midwestern State (Texas) moved up the second spot and will also host a second round playoff game, as will No. 3 Winston-Salem State (N.C.), who beat Elizabeth City State (N.C.), 38-18, to claim the CIAA championship. Nebraska-Kearney moves up to No. 4 and New Haven (Conn.) moves up to No. 5. Both will host second round playoff games on November 26. 

 

Nineteen of the AFCA Top 25 teams will be participating in the NCAA Division II playoffs. There will be three Top 25 matchups in the first round of the playoffs, starting off with No. 10 Northwest Missouri State traveling to No. 16 Missouri Western State. No. 11 Abilene Christian (Texas) will travel to No. 15 Washburn (Kan.), while No. 12 North Alabama will travel to No. 22 West Alabama. Five new teams entered the poll this week highlighted by No. 20 North Greenville (S.C.), who enters the Coaches’ Poll for the first time in school history. 

 

     2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 14, 2011
Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last Week Next Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (16) 11-0 708 2 D. Western New Mexico, 48-7 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
2. Midwestern St. (Texas) (11) 10-0 703 3 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 37-34 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
3. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (2) 11-0 667 4 D. Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 38-18 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
4. Nebraska-Kearney 10-1 635 5 D. No. 20 Colorado School of Mines, 45-21 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
5. New Haven (Conn.) 10-1 597 7 D. St. Anselm (N.H.), 59-17 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
6. Kutztown (Pa.) 10-1 569 8 D. No. 24 Slippery Rock (Pa.), 21-14 Nov. 19 vs. Concord (W.Va.)
7. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 9-1 544 9 D. Missouri Southern St., 51-28 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
8. Delta St. (Miss.) 9-2 494 1 Lost to West Georgia, 39-35 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
9. Minnesota-Duluth 9-2 479 10 D. Minnesota St.-Mankato, 31-19 Nov. 19 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
10. Northwest Missouri St. 9-2 465 11 D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 62-21 Nov. 19 at No. 16 Missouri Western St.
11. Abilene Christian (Texas) 8-2 409 12 D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 61-16 Nov. 19 at No. 15 Washburn (Kan.)
12. North Alabama 8-2 381 13 D. Valdosta St. (Ga.), 30-23 Nov. 19 at No. 22 West Alabama
13. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 9-1 380 14 D. Western Oregon, 37-7 Season Complete
14. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 9-2 350 15 D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 47-14 Nov. 19 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.)
15. Washburn (Kan.) 9-2 311 6 Lost to Central Missouri, 39-21 Nov. 19 vs. No. 11 Abilene Christian (Texas)
16. Missouri Western St. 9-2 296 17 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 55-17 Nov. 19 vs. No. 10 Northwest Missouri St.
17. California (Pa.) 9-2 279 18 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 43-3 Nov. 19 vs. Elizabeth City St. (N.C.)
18. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 9-2 238 21 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 34-3 Season Complete
19. Mars Hill (N.C.) 8-2 203 23 D. Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 23-20 Nov. 26 vs. Opponent TBD
20. North Greenville (S.C.) 9-2 133 NR D. Notre Dame (Ohio), 62-0 Nov. 19 vs. Albany St. (Ga.)
21. Shepherd (W.Va.) 9-2 109 NR D. Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 38-21 Season Complete
22. West Alabama 8-3 103 NR D. Georgia St., 30-23 Nov. 19 vs. No. 12 North Alabama
23. Central Missouri 8-3 80 NR D. No. 6 Washburn (Kan.), 39-21 Nov. 27 vs. West Texas A&M
24. West Virginia Wesleyan 9-2 53 19 Lost to Concord (W.Va.), 48-40 Season Complete
25. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 37 NR D. No. 25 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 49-24 Season Complete

 

Dropped Out: Albany St. (Ga.) (16), Colorado School of Mines (20), Wayne St. (Mich.) (22), Slippery Rock (Pa.) (24), Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Albany St. (Ga.), 36; Colorado School of Mines, 35; Morehouse (Ga.), 30; West Texas A&M, 17; Hillsdale (Mich.), 15; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 13; Concord (W.Va.), 11; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 9; Wayne St. (Mich.), 9; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 5; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 5; North Carolina-Pembroke, 4; Southern Connecticut St., 4; Minnesota St.-Mankato, 3; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 3; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 2; East Central (Okla.), 1.

 

 

 

 


 

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