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Division II College Football: Top Teams Fall in Wild Weekend

David LutherFeatured Columnist IVNovember 4, 2016

The Division II Football Top 25 was not a safe place to be this past weekend, as a huge number suffered losses. That is, No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 3 Abilene Christian (TX), No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 6 Albany State (GA), No. 9 Saint Cloud State (MN), No. 15 Grand Valley State (MI), No. 17 Carson-Newman (TN), No. 20 Colorado School of Mines, No. 22 Michigan Tech and No. 23 New Haven (CT).

With 10 of the 25 ranked teams losing, the Top 25 is sure to see a massive shake-up when the poll is released on Tuesday.

Perhaps most shocking was the 7-0 upset of No. 1 and defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth by unranked Wayne State College (NE). The only score of the game came on a blocked punt that was returned for 36 yards and a touchdown as the third quarter came to a close.

The win by the Wildcats snaps the nation's longest active win-streak (17 games), a 23-game road winning streak and also broke UMD's 31-game conference win-streak in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Since joining the NSIC in 2008, UMD had never lost a conference game.

It was Wayne State's first ever victory over UMD. The two teams have played 11 times, dating back to 1993. The last time UMD failed to score was in a 26-0 defeat at the hands of North Dakota in 2004.

Other games of note from this past weekend include No. 4 North Alabama's win over No. 3 Abilene Christian, 23-17, and unranked West Texas A&M's upset of No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 42-21.

No. 6 Albany State's defeat at the hands of No. 12 Valdosta State (GA) by a score of 30-27, and unranked Winona State (MN) topping No. 9 Saint Cloud State by 29-16 are also in the mix.

No. 15 Grand Valley State's second-straight loss—the first time since 2004 that the Lakers have dropped back-to-back games—to unranked Indianapolis (IN) by 34-33 in the final seconds, as well as No. 17 Carson-Newman's 20-7 defeat at the hands of unranked Lenore-Rhyne (NC) round out the weekend's upsets.

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