Monday, August 13, 2012

Pittsburg State Begins 2012 at No. 1 in Division II Poll

Pittsburg State, fresh off of their second Division II national championship in 2011, opens up 2012 as the preseason favorite to win the national championship. This is the first time since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll started in 2000 that the Gorillas have begun the season ranked No. 1. Minnesota-Duluth comes in at No. 2 with five first place votes, followed by Northwest Missouri State, Midwestern State (Texas) and last year’s national runner-up, Wayne State (Mich.), rounding out the Top 5.
There will be three Top 25 matchups in the first week of the 2012 season, highlighted by No. 6 Colorado State-Pueblo playing host to No. 24 West Texas A&M.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 13, 2012
RankSchool (1st votes)2011 Rec.Pts.2011 Rank*Season OpenerHead Coach
1.Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (21)13-17201Aug. 30 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)Tim Beck
2.Minnesota-Duluth (5)11-36616Aug. 30 at Southwest Minnesota St.Bob Nielson
3.Northwest Missouri St. (1)11-36135Aug. 30 vs. East Central (Okla.)Adam Dorrel
4.Midwestern St. (Texas) (1)10-15827Sept. 8 at Tarleton St. (Texas)Bill Maskill
5.Wayne St. (Mich.) (1)12-45022Sept. 8 at Ashland (Ohio)Paul Winters
6.Colorado St.-Pueblo11-14819Aug. 30 vs. No. 24 West Texas A&MJohn Wristen
7.Grand Valley St. (Mich.)8-3473NRSept. 1 at Western OregonMatt Mitchell
8.Valdosta St. (Ga.)6-4415NRSept. 1 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)David Dean
9.Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1)13-13863Sept. 1 vs. North Carolina-PembrokeConnell Maynor
10.Abilene Christian (Texas)8-336716Sept. 1 vs. McMurry (Texas)Ken Collums
11.California (Pa.)10-334715Aug. 30 vs. No. 17 Hillsdale (Mich.)Mike Kellar
12.Kutztown (Pa.)11-232913Aug. 30 vs. St. Anselm (N.H.)Raymond Monica
13.New Haven (Conn.)11-23228Sept. 1 vs. Merrimack (Mass.)Peter Rossomando
14.Delta St. (Miss.)11-32904Sept. 1 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.)Jamey Chadwell
15.West Alabama8-427423Sept. 1 at Clark Atlanta (Ga.)Will Hall
16.St. Cloud State (Minn.)9-326617Aug. 30 vs. Sioux Falls (S.D.)Scott Underwood
17.Hillsdale (Mich.)8-3228NRAug. 30 at No. 11 California (Pa.)Keith Otterbein
18.Missouri Western St.9-321818Aug. 30 vs. Central MissouriJerry Partridge
19.Shepherd (W.Va.)9-219922Sept. 1 at Shippensburg (Pa.)Monte Cater
20.Washburn (Kan.)10-318711Aug. 30 vs. Nebraska-KearneyCraig Schurig
21.Humboldt St. (Calif.)9-118320Aug. 30 vs. Colorado MesaRob Smith
22.Albany St. (Ga.)8-4149NRSept. 1 vs. No. 23 North Greenville (S.C.)Mike White
23.North Greenville (S.C.)11-313912Sept. 1 at No. 22 Albany St. (Ga.)Carroll McCray
24.West Texas A&M8-313225Aug. 30 at No. 6 Colorado St.-PuebloDon Carthel
25.Bloomsburg (Pa.)9-212921Aug. 31 at Stonehill (Mass.)Danny Hale
*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2011

Others Receiving Votes: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 128; North Alabama, 128; Nebraska-Kearney, 122; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 100; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 96; Central Missouri, 72; Indianapolis (Ind.), 70; Mars Hill (N.C.), 57; Indiana (Pa.), 49; North Carolina-Pembroke, 47; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 44; Minnesota St.-Mankato, 41; Colorado School of Mines, 40; East Central (Okla.), 33; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 32; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 18; Miles (Ala.), 15; Concord (W.Va.), 9; Tarleton St. (Texas), 9; West Georgia, 9; Morehouse (Ga.), 7; Ashland (Ohio), 6; Michigan Tech, 6; Southern Connecticut St., 6; Central Washington, 4; Henderson St. (Ark.), 3; Assumption (Mass.), 2; West Virginia Wesleyan, 2; Azusa Pacific, 1; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 1; Harding (Ark.), 1.

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