Upsets Reshape Division II Football Top 25 Coaches Poll

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Upsets Reshape Division II Football Top 25 Coaches Poll

Grand Valley State solidified its hold on the No. 1 ranking in the latest coaches poll, earning all but three first-place votes after dropping D-II newcomer Lake Erie College, 57-23.

Minnesota-Duluth collected the remaining three first-place votes, and remains in the No. 2 position after breezing past Mary (ND), 49-0. The big story in Duluth, however, remains the loss of Harlon Hill-contender Isaac Odim to a season-ending left knee meniscus tear in Thursday's practice.

Upsets to then-No. 3 North Alabama and then-No. 7 West Texas A&M reshape the rest of the Top 25 landscape.

North Alabama dropped a defensive game 5-0 to then-No. 19 Valdosta State (GA). West Texas A&M was harshly punished by the pollsters after a 28-24 defeat at the hands of then-No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Two 6-1 teams enter the poll for the first time this year (and for the first time for each team since 2005) in St. Cloud State (MN) and St. Augustine's (NC) as No. 23 and No. 24, respectively. 

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Last Week Next Game
1. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (23) 7-0 647 1 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 57-23 Oct. 23 at Ferris St. (Mich.)
2. Minnesota-Duluth (3) 7-0 626 2 D. Mary (N.D.), 49-0 Oct. 23 at Northern St. (S.D.)
3. California (Pa.) 7-0 581 4 D. Slippery Rock (Pa.), 28-3 Oct. 23 at Mercyhurst (Pa.)
4. Abilene Christian (Texas) 7-0 579 5 D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 54-17 Oct. 23 at Eastern New Mexico
5. Northwest Missouri St. 5-1 554 6 D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 42-28 Oct. 23 at Washburn (Kan.)
6. Hillsdale (Mich.) 6-1 484 8 D. Michigan Tech, 24-17 Oct. 23 at Wayne St. (Mich.)
7. Texas A&M-Kingsville 6-1 474 9 D. No. 7 West Texas A&M, 28-24 Oct. 23 at Tarleton St. (Tex.)
8. Albany St. (Ga.) 7-0 454 10 D. Benedict (S.C.), 27-10 Oct. 23 at No. 19 Morehouse (Ga.)
9. Central Missouri 7-1 438 11 D. No. 17 Missouri Western St., 43-21 Oct. 23 vs. Nebraska-Omaha
10. North Alabama 6-1 375 3 Lost to No. 19 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 5-0 Oct. 23 at Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
11. Augustana (S.D.) 7-0 364 14 D. Winona St. (Minn.), 17-0 Oct. 23 at Minnesota St.-Moorhead
12. Nebraska-Kearney 6-1 356 13 D. Colorado St.-Pueblo, 38-24 Oct. 23 vs. New Mexico Highlands
13. Midwestern St. (Texas) 6-1 329 15 D. Angelo St. (Tex.), 35-21 Oct. 23 at No. 17 West Texas A&M
14. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 5-1 320 19 D. No. 3 North Alabama, 5-0 Oct. 23 vs. Arkansas-Monticello
15. Shepherd (W.Va.) 7-0 318 18 D. No. 21 West Virginia Wesleyan, 37-26 Oct. 23 at West Liberty (W.Va.)
16. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6-1 258 20 D. Shippensburg (Pa.), 23-3 Oct. 23 vs. West Chester (Pa.)
17. West Texas A&M 5-2 255 7 Lost to No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 28-24 Oct. 23 vs. No. 13 Midwestern St. (Tex.)
18. Kutztown (Pa.) 7-0 189 23 D. Millersville (Pa.), 38-28 Oct. 23 vs. C.W. Post (N.Y.)
19. Morehouse (Ga.) 6-1 172 22 D. Stillman (Ala.), 38-24 Oct. 23 vs. No. 8 Albany St. (Ga.)
20. Colorado School of Mines 6-1 152 24 D. Mesa St. (Colo.), 46-10 Oct. 23 at Western St. (Colo.)
21. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 7-1 135 25 D. Livingstone (N.C.), 58-0 Oct. 23 vs. North Carolina-Pembroke
22. Delta St. (Miss.) 5-2 90 12 Lost to Harding (Ark.), 38-35 Oct. 23 at West Georgia
23. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 6-1 68 NR D. Southwest Minnesota St., 24-6 Oct. 23 vs. Minnesota-Crookston
24. St. Augustine’s (N.C.) 6-1 45 NR D. Central St. (Ohio), 21-14 Oct. 23 at Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)
25. West Virginia Wesleyan 6-1 38 21 Lost to No. 18 Shepherd (W.Va.), 37-26 Oct. 23 at Fairmont St. (W.Va.)


Dropped Out: Tuskegee (Ala.) (16), Missouri Western St. (17).

Others Receiving Votes: Missouri Western St., 34; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 30; Mars Hill (N.C.), 24; Tuskegee (Ala.), 15; West Alabama, 13; New Haven (Conn.), 9; Central Washington, 7; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 5; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 5; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 3; North Carolina-Pembroke, 2; Washburn (Kan.), 2

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