Upsets Reshape Division II Football Top 25 Coaches Poll

David Luther@@davidrlutherFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2010

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)7-06471D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 57-23Oct. 23 at Ferris St. (Mich.)
2.Minnesota-Duluth (3)7-06262D. Mary (N.D.), 49-0Oct. 23 at Northern St. (S.D.)
3.California (Pa.)7-05814D. Slippery Rock (Pa.), 28-3Oct. 23 at Mercyhurst (Pa.)
4.Abilene Christian (Texas)7-05795D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 54-17Oct. 23 at Eastern New Mexico
5.Northwest Missouri St.5-15546D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 42-28Oct. 23 at Washburn (Kan.)
6.Hillsdale (Mich.)6-14848D. Michigan Tech, 24-17Oct. 23 at Wayne St. (Mich.)
7.Texas A&M-Kingsville6-14749D. No. 7 West Texas A&M, 28-24Oct. 23 at Tarleton St. (Tex.)
8.Albany St. (Ga.)7-045410D. Benedict (S.C.), 27-10Oct. 23 at No. 19 Morehouse (Ga.)
9.Central Missouri7-143811D. No. 17 Missouri Western St., 43-21Oct. 23 vs. Nebraska-Omaha
10.North Alabama6-13753Lost to No. 19 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 5-0Oct. 23 at Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
11.Augustana (S.D.)7-036414D. Winona St. (Minn.), 17-0Oct. 23 at Minnesota St.-Moorhead
12.Nebraska-Kearney6-135613D. Colorado St.-Pueblo, 38-24Oct. 23 vs. New Mexico Highlands
13.Midwestern St. (Texas)6-132915D. Angelo St. (Tex.), 35-21Oct. 23 at No. 17 West Texas A&M
14.Valdosta St. (Ga.)5-132019D. No. 3 North Alabama, 5-0Oct. 23 vs. Arkansas-Monticello
15.Shepherd (W.Va.)7-031818D. No. 21 West Virginia Wesleyan, 37-26Oct. 23 at West Liberty (W.Va.)
16.Bloomsburg (Pa.)6-125820D. Shippensburg (Pa.), 23-3Oct. 23 vs. West Chester (Pa.)
17.West Texas A&M5-22557Lost to No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 28-24Oct. 23 vs. No. 13 Midwestern St. (Tex.)
18.Kutztown (Pa.)7-018923D. Millersville (Pa.), 38-28Oct. 23 vs. C.W. Post (N.Y.)
19.Morehouse (Ga.)6-117222D. Stillman (Ala.), 38-24Oct. 23 vs. No. 8 Albany St. (Ga.)
20.Colorado School of Mines6-115224D. Mesa St. (Colo.), 46-10Oct. 23 at Western St. (Colo.)
21.Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)7-113525D. Livingstone (N.C.), 58-0Oct. 23 vs. North Carolina-Pembroke
22.Delta St. (Miss.)5-29012Lost to Harding (Ark.), 38-35Oct. 23 at West Georgia
23.St. Cloud State (Minn.)6-168NRD. Southwest Minnesota St., 24-6Oct. 23 vs. Minnesota-Crookston
24.St. Augustine’s (N.C.)6-145NRD. Central St. (Ohio), 21-14Oct. 23 at Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)
25.West Virginia Wesleyan6-13821Lost to No. 18 Shepherd (W.Va.), 37-26Oct. 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