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Sept. 10, 2018WACO, Texas
(Photo courtesy Northwest Athletics)
After posting a dominating second half Thursday night in Topeka, Northwest Missouri State is moving up in the AFCA Division 2 Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
The Bearcats jump up from No. 6 to No. 4 with one first place vote in this week's rankings.
Texas A&M Commerce is No. 1 in the nation after receiving 26 first place votes. Minnesota State is No. 2, followed by Indiana (PA) at No. 3.
Northwest's move into the top five comes after a 38-17 win over Washburn. The 'Cats outscored the Ichabods 24-3 in the second half to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Other MIAA teams in the top 25 include Fort Hays at No. 17, Central Missouri at No. 20 and Pittsburg State at no. 23. The Tigers were ranked fifth, but a loss to Missouri Western dropped them 12 spots in the poll. The Mules lost to Hays in week one, but moved up one spot in the poll with a bounce-back 62-10 win over Northeastern State. Pittsburg State entered the top 25 after a 34-13 win over Emporia State.
Northwest Missouri State returns home Saturday for Family Weekend. The Bearcats host Missouri Southern at 1:30pm. Pregame on KXCV-KRNW will begin at 12:30pm.
The full AFCA Division 2 Coaches Poll is available below.
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Record||Pts.||Prev.||Week 2||Next Game|
|1||Texas A&M-Commerce (26)||2-0||812||1||D. William Jewell (Mo.), 27-17||Sept. 15 at Eastern New Mexico|
|2||Minnesota St. (3)||2-0||780||3||D. Augustana (S.D.), 38-36||Sept. 15 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)|
|3||Indiana (Pa.) (2)||2-0||722||4||D. Millersville (Pa.), 41-7||Sept. 15 at Lock Haven (Pa.)|
|4||Northwest Missouri St. (1)||2-0||719||6||D. Washburn (Kan.), 38-17||Sept. 15 vs. Missouri Southern St.|
|5||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||2-0||684||8||D. Delta St. (Miss.), 21-10||Sept. 15 at Northern Michigan|
|6||Ferris St. (Mich.)||2-0||658||9||D. No. 19t Findlay (Ohio), 59-13||Sept. 15 at Northwood (Mich.)|
|7||Midwestern St. (Texas) (1)||2-0||656||10||D. No. 2 West Florida, 38-17||Sept. 15 at UT-Permian Basin (Texas)|
|8.||West Alabama||2-0||558||11||D. Miles (Ala.), 37-21||Sept. 15 vs. Valdosta St. (Ga.)|
|9||Colorado St.-Pueblo||2-0||531||12||D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 34-13||Sept. 15 at Colorado School of Mines|
|10||West Georgia||2-0||485||13||D. Limestone (S.C.), 42-14||Sept. 15 at Albany St. (Ga.)|
|11||Winona St. (Minn.)||2-0||470||15||D. No. 14 Sioux Falls (S.D.), 16-15||Sept. 15 at Upper Iowa|
|12||Ohio Dominican||2-0||391||17||D. No. 18 Ashland (Ohio), 24-17||Sept. 15 vs. Hillsdale (Mich.)|
|13||West Florida||1-1||384||2||Lost to No. 10 Midwestern St. (Tex.), 38-17||Sept. 15 vs. Shorter (Ga.)|
|14||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||2-0||326||19t||D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 41-8||Sept. 15 at Southeastern Oklahoma St.|
|15||Central Washington||1-1||304||16||D. Western Oregon, 50-17||Sept. 15 vs. Humboldt St. (Calif.)|
|16||Minnesota-Duluth||2-0||259||24||D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 60-7||Sept. 13 at St. Cloud State (Minn.)|
|17||Fort Hays St. (Kan.)||1-1||245||5||Lost to Missouri Western St., 23-13||Sept. 15 vs. Washburn (Kan.)|
|18||West Chester (Pa.)||2-0||206||23||D. Gannon (Pa.), 31-7||Sept. 15 at Seton Hill (Pa.)|
|19||Colorado Mesa||2-0||201||25||D. Eastern New Mexico, 34-21||Sept. 15 at Western St. Colorado|
|20||Central Missouri||1-1||199||21||D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 62-10||Sept. 15 vs. Missouri Western St.|
|21||Harding (Ark.)||1-1||182||7||Lost to Southern Arkansas, 28-23||Sept. 15 at Southern Nazarene (Okla.)|
|22||Indianapolis (Ind.)||1-1||169||22||D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 28-6||Sept. 22 vs. William Jewell (Mo.)|
|23||Pittsburg St. (Kan.)||2-0||126||NR||D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 34-13||Sept. 15 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)|
|24||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||1-1||112||14||Lost to No. 15 Winona St. (Minn.), 16-15||Sept. 15 vs. Southwest Minnesota St.|
|25||Southern Arkansas||2-0||92||NR||D. No. 7 Harding (Ark.), 28-23||Sept. 15 at Southwestern Oklahoma St.|
Dropped Out: Ashland (Ohio) (18), Findlay (Ohio) (19t)
Others Receiving Votes: Colorado School of Mines, 67; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 64; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 63; Notre Dame (Ohio), 54; Findlay (Ohio), 35; Tarleton St. (Texas), 31; Florida Tech, 24; Kutztown (Pa.), 20; Wingate (N.C.), 19; Ashland (Ohio), 16; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 16; Shippensburg (Pa.), 13; Shepherd (W.Va.), 12; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 11; Edinboro (Pa.), 3; Emporia St. (Kan.), 3; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2; Missouri Western St., 1.