Top 10 Remains Unchanged in Latest Division II Coaches Poll

David LutherFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2010

Abilene Christian and Texas A&M-Kingsville face off in a game between two Top 10 teams
Abilene Christian and Texas A&M-Kingsville face off in a game between two Top 10 teams

After a convincing win at Findlay (OH), Grand Valley State regained some lost first-place votes in the most recent Division II coaches poll.

Grand Valley State remained steady, as did the other Top 10 teams—all winners during the previous weekend.

Minnesota State dropped all the way from No. 11 to No. 25 after falling to unranked Concordia-St.Paul, 28-26.

Winston-Salem State (NC) makes its first appearance in the coaches poll since 2002 after spending a few unsuccessful years in the FCS.  WSSU defeated Fayetteville State (NC) 31-14 to improve their record to 5-0.

Carson-Newman (TN) and West Liberty (WV) drop out of the Top 25 after they joined Minnesota State as the only Top 25 teams to lose this past week.

The Top 10 is sure to be shaken up after this week with two match-ups all within the Top 10.  No. 5 Abilene Christian travels to No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville in a match-up of in-state rivals, and No. 7 Northwest Missouri State hosts No. 8 Missouri Western State.

No. 15 West Alabama travels to No. 19 Delta State (MS) in the only other match-up between Top 25 teams this week.

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last Week Next Game
1.Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (21)4-06441D. Findlay (Ohio) 35-7Oct. 2 at Tiffin (Ohio)
2. Minnesota-Duluth (2)4-06202D. Bemidji St. (Minn.), 44-21Oct. 2 at Minnesota St.-Moorhead
3.North Alabama (3)4-06043D. Lambuth (Tenn.), 31-0Oct. 2 vs. Arkansas Tech
4.California (Pa.)4-05564D. Clarion (Pa.), 24-9Oct. 2 vs. Lock Haven (Pa.)
5. Abilene Christian (Texas)4-05515D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 65-3Oct. 2 at No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville
6.Texas A&M-Kingsville4-05206D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 37-9Oct. 2 vs. No. 5 Abilene Christian (Texas)
7.Northwest Missouri St.2-14977D. Truman St. (Mo.), 44-10Oct. 2 vs. No. 8 Missouri Western St.
8.Missouri Western St.4-04458D. Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 42-25Oct. 2 at No. 7 Northwest Missouri St.
9.West Texas A&M3-14319D. Angelo St. (Texas), 37-27Oct. 2 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)
10.Midwestern St. (Texas)4-040910D. Central Oklahoma, 30-24Oct. 2 vs. Incarnate Word (Texas)
11.Hillsdale (Mich.)3-135912D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 42-37Oct. 2 vs. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
12.Edinboro (Pa.)4-032913D. Gannon (Pa.), 13-0Oct. 2 vs. Indiana (Pa.)
13.Tusculum (Tenn.)4-032415IdleOct. 2 at Mars Hill (N.C.)
14.Albany St. (Ga.)4-030116D. Savannah St. (Ga.), 28-14Oct. 2 vs. Lane (Tenn.)
15.West Alabama3-126017D. West Georgia, 28-7Sept. 30 at No. 19 Delta St. (Miss.)
16.Central Missouri4-123621D. Washburn (Kan.), 55-45Oct. 2 at Truman St. (Mo.)
17.Nebraska-Kearney3-119819D. Western St. (Colo.), 13-6Oct. 2 vs. Adams St. (Colo.)
18.Morehouse (Ga.)5-018620D. Lincoln (Mo.), 30-14Oct. 9 vs. No. 22 Tuskegee (Ala.)
19.Delta St. (Miss.)3-116523D. Henderson St. (Ark.), 41-37Sept. 30 vs. No. 15 West Alabama
20.Augustana (S.D.)4-013424D. Southwest Minnesota St., 53-21Oct. 2 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
21.Central Washington3-211122D. Simon Fraser (B.C.) 44-30Oct. 2 at Humboldt St. (Calif.)
22. Tuskegee (Ala.)3-110325D. Texas Southern, 21-14Oct. 2 vs. Miles (Ala.)
23.Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)5-087NRD. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 31-14Oct. 2 at Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)
24.North Carolina-Pembroke3-178NRD. No. 14 Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 30-7Oct. 2 at Glenville St. (W.Va.)
25.Minnesota St.-Mankato3-17511Lost to Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 28-26Oct. 2 at Winona St. (Minn.)

Dropped Out: Carson-Newman (Tenn.) (14), West Liberty (W.Va.) (18).

Others Receiving Votes: Shepherd (W.Va.), 54; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 30; Bloomsburg (Pa.), 29; Wingate (N.C.), 29; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 17; Michigan Tech, 16; Colorado School of Mines, 15; West Virginia Wesleyan, 8; Winona St. (Minn.), 7; Wayne St. (Neb.), 5; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 4; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 3; Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 3; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 3; Arkansas Tech, 2; Northern Michigan, 2.