WACO, Tex. - The Saginaw Valley State University football team moved up to No. 16 in the latest AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll following their 51-24 win over Lake Erie College on Saturday (Sept. 22).
Only one Top 10 team lost this week, allowing Bloomsburg (Pa.) to enter the Top 10 for the first time this year, at No. 10. The rest of the Top 10 was unchanged as Pittsburg State (Kan.) still holds onto the top spot with 29 first-place votes. Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado State-Pueblo, Grand Valley State (Mich.) and Winston-Salem State (N.C.) round out the Top 5.
Shippensburg (Pa.) moved into the Top 25, at No. 21, for the first time since the final poll of 2009. The Raiders are 4-0 after a 61-6 win over Millersville (Pa.) last Saturday. Newberry (S.C.) is the second newcomer this week, making its first appearance in the Division II Coaches' Top 25 poll since October 7, 2008. The Wolves are No. 24 and 4-0 after its 47-22 victory over Carson-Newman (Tenn.). Making its first-ever appearance in the poll is Sioux Falls (S.D.), who comes in ranked No. 25. The Cougars are 4-0 so far in 2012 in just its second season of Division II play since making the jump from NAIA. Valdosta State (Ga.), Colorado School of Mines and Abilene Christian (Texas) all fell out of the poll this week.
The Cardinals will return to action this Saturday (Sept. 29) when they host Ferris State for homecoming at Wickes Stadium for a 7:00 PM kickoff. Ferris State defeated Walsh last week, 20-14 and is 3-1 overall on the season and 2-1 in the GLIAC.