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Cardinals Move Up to No. 10 in AFCA Rankings

Cardinals Move Up to No. 10 in AFCA Rankings

WACO, Tex. - The Saginaw Valley State University football team made another big jump this week in the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll,  moving up eight spots to No. 10 after defeating Malone 37-14 on the road Saturday (Sept. 8).

Previous top-five teams Northwest Missouri State, Midwestern State (Texas) and Wayne State (Mich.) all lost this past Saturday, causing a big shakeup in week two of the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Pittsburg State (Kan.) beat Central Oklahoma, 34-19, and held onto the top spot with 29 first-place votes. Minnesota-Duluth remains No. 2, followed by Colorado State-Pueblo, Grand Valley State (Mich.) and Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) as the new Top 5. 

Northwest Missouri State fell 10 spots to No. 13 after its 31-21 loss to Central Missouri, while Midwestern State (Texas) dropped 12 places to No. 16 after getting beat by Tarleton State (Texas), 20-17. Wayne State (Mich.) had the biggest fall, going from No. 5 to No. 19 after losing to Ashland (Ohio), 7-0. With that victory, Ashland (Ohio) jumps into the poll at No. 22 this week, along with another newcomer, No. 23 Colorado School of Mines, who beat South Dakota Mines, 71-7. There is only one Top 25 matchup this week as No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.) plays host to No. 21 Kutztown (Pa.). 

The Cardinals will return home to play Findlay this Saturday (Sept. 15) on Hall of Fame Weekend.  Findlay was idle last week after defeating Northern Michigan during the first week of the season by a score of 45-10.