WACO, Tex. - The Saginaw Valley State University football team moved up two spots to No. 15 in the latest AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll following their 24-7 win over then-No. 18 Wayne State University on Thursday (Oct. 11) in the NCAA DII "Game of the Week".
Seven ranked teams lost this past weekend, including previous No. 1 Pittsburg State (Kan.), causing a big shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Colorado State-Pueblo is the new No. 1 team this week. The Thunderwolves picked up 23 first-place votes after they beat Colorado School of Mines, 35-21, and moved their record to 7-0. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) moves up to the second spot with six first-place votes. The Rams are also 7-0 after a 56-37 defeat of St. Augustine's (N.C.). New Haven (Conn.) is No. 3 this week, followed by Bloomsburg (Pa.) at No. 4 and Northwest Missouri State at No. 5. The Bearcats beat then-No. 1 Pittsburg State (Kan.), 31-21, in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium and received one first-place vote.
With its loss, Pittsburg State (Kan.) drops to a tie with Minnesota-Duluth at No. 7. Then-No. 4 Missouri Western State fell 12 places to No. 16 after its 31-30 loss to Missouri Southern State. Miles (Ala.) enters the Division II Coaches' Poll for the first time in school history at No. 21. The Golden Bears are 6-1 on the season after a 45-0 blowout of Kentucky State. Also entering the poll for the first time in over a year is Michigan Tech. The Huskies are ranked No. 22 and sit 5-1 after a 28-21 win over Northwood (Mich.).
The Cardinals will return to action this Saturday (Oct. 20) when they travel to Hillsdale for a 1:30 PM kickoff. Hillsdale defeated Ferris State last week, 30-20 and is 5-2 overall on the season and 5-1 in the GLIAC.