AFCA Division II Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll - WP

AFCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll: Defending Champ Texas A&M-Commerce Starts 2018 at No. 1

After claiming their first-ever Division II national championship in 2017, Texas A&M-Commerce will start the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. This is the first time since the poll began in 2000 that the Lions start the season ranked No. 1. West Florida, who lost to Texas A&M-Commerce in the championship game, begins this year at No. 2. The Argonauts are followed by Minnesota State at No. 3, Indiana (Pa.) at No. 4 and Fort Hays State and Northwest Missouri State tied at No. 5.

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The first week of action starts off with four Top 25 matchups, all on Thursday, August 30. The first game has No. 2 West Florida hosting No. 22 Carson-Newman (Tenn.) while No. 4 Indiana (Pa.) travels to No. 15 Ashland (Ohio). The third Top 25 matchup is a conference battle as No. 5t Fort Hays State (Kan.) plays host to No. 18 Central Missouri. The final matchup has No. 10 Grand Valley State (Mich.) hosting No. 13 Indianapolis (Ind.). 

2018 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll August 13, 2018
RankSchool (1st Place Votes)2017 RecordPts.2017 Rank*Season OpenerHead Coach
1Texas A&M-Commerce (13)14-17481Aug. 30 vs. Texas A&M-KingsvilleColby Carthel
2West Florida (14)11-47212Aug. 30 vs. No. 22 Carson-Newman (Tenn.)Pete Shinnick
3Minnesota St. (2)13-16914Aug. 30 vs. Southwest Minnesota St.Todd Hoffner
4Indiana (Pa.) (2)13-16663Aug. 30 at No. 15 Ashland (Ohio)Paul Tortorella
5tFort Hays St. (Kan.)11-15918Aug. 30 vs. No. 18 Central MissouriChris Brown
5tNorthwest Missouri St. (2)9-359116Aug. 30 vs. Missouri Western St.Rich Wright
7Harding (Ark.)11-45506Aug. 30 at Henderson St. (Ark.)Paul Simmons
8Ferris St. (Mich.)11-25035Aug. 30 vs. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)Tony Annese
9Central Washington11-14947Sept. 1 at Eastern WashingtonIan Shoemaker
10Grand Valley St. (Mich.)8-3478NRAug. 30 vs. No. 13 Indianapolis (Ind.)Matt Mitchell
11Midwestern St. (Texas)10-147311Sept. 1 vs. Humboldt St. (Calif.)Bill Maskill
12West Alabama10-347012Aug. 30 vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)Brett Gilliland
13Indianapolis (Ind.)11-140213Aug. 30 at No. 10 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)Bob Bartolomeo
14Colorado St.-Pueblo9-340117Sept. 1 vs. Dixie St. (Utah)John Wristen
15Ashland (Ohio)11-235010Aug. 30 vs. No. 4 Indiana (Pa.)Lee Owens
16Shepherd (W.Va.) 10-133214Sept. 1 at Notre Dame (Ohio)Ernie McCook
17Assumption (Mass.)11-22929Sept. 1 vs. Kutztown (Pa.)Andy McKenzie
18Central Missouri9-3209NRAug. 30 at No. 5t Fort Hays St. (Kan.)Jim Svoboda
19West Georgia9-419619Sept. 1 vs. Catawba (N.C.)David Dean
20Sioux Falls (S.D.)9-315820Aug. 30 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)Jon Anderson
21Winona St. (Minn.)10-213415Aug. 30 at Wayne St. (Neb.)Tom Sawyer
22Carson-Newman (Tenn.)8-3118NRAug. 30 at No. 2 West FloridaMike Turner
23Ohio Dominican7-3105NRAug. 30 vs. California (Pa.)Kelly Cummings
24Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)9-3102NRAug. 30 at Northwestern Oklahoma St.Todd Knight
25Findlay (Ohio)10-310122Sept. 1 at Kentucky WesleyanRob Keys

*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2017

Others Receiving Votes: California (Pa.), 89; Delta St. (Miss.), 74; West Chester (Pa.), 74; Colorado Mesa, 66; Bowie St. (Md.), 60; Virginia St., 51; Minnesota-Duluth, 41; Albany St. (Ga.), 39; Florida Tech, 36; Colorado Mines, 34; Shippensburg (Pa.), 31; Tuskegee (Ala.), 26; Wingate (N.C.), 25; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 22; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 22; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 21; Notre Dame (Ohio), 18; Eastern New Mexico, 17; Edinboro (Pa.), 15; Missouri Western St., 14; Bloomsburg (Pa.), 13; Emporia St. (Kan.), 11; Central Oklahoma, 9; LIU Post (N.Y.), 8; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 8; Augustana (S.D.), 5; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 5; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 4; Catawba (N.C.), 3; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 3; Hillsdale (Mich.), 3; Southern Arkansas, 1; Washburn (Kan.), 1.


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