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Preseason AFCA Top 25 Released – NWMSU Opens Season At #4; Mo West Receiving Votes

2021 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 16, 2021

Rank School (1st votes) 2019 Rec. Pts. 2019 Rank Season Opener Head Coach
1 West Florida (26) 13-2 698 1 Sept. 2 at McNeese (La.) Pete Shinnick
2 Minnesota St. (2) 14-1 673 2 Sept. 2 vs. Northern St. (S.D.) Todd Hoffner
3 Ferris St. (Mich.) 12-1 630 3 Sept. 2 vs. Findlay (Ohio) Tony Annese
4 Northwest Missouri St. (1) 12-2 575 7 Sept. 2 at No. 24 Fort Hays St. (Kan.) Rich Wright
5 Slippery Rock (Pa.) 13-1 544 6 Sept. 2 at Wayne St. (Mich.) Shawn Lutz
6t. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 13-1 540 4 Sept. 4 at Virginia St. Mike Jacobs
6t. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 10-1 540 5 Sept. 2 vs. Savannah St. (Ga.) Gary Goff
8 Texas A&M-Commerce 10-3 520 11 Sept. 2 at No. 13 Colorado St.-Pueblo David Bailiff
9 Notre Dame (Ohio) 12-2 501 10 Sept. 4 vs. Ashland (Ohio) Mickey Mental
10 Colorado School of Mines 12-1 423 8 Sept. 2 vs. Western Oregon Gregg Brandon
11 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 11-1 387 14 Sept. 2 vs. Oklahoma Baptist Todd Knight
12 Colorado St.-Pueblo 11-2 327 12 Sept. 2 vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce John Wristen
13 Central Missouri 11-2 323 13 Sept. 2 vs. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) Jim Svoboda
14 Indianapolis (Ind.) 9-2 261 17 Sept. 4 at Saint Xavier (Ill.) Chris Keevers
15 Shepherd (W.Va.) 10-3 256 22 Sept. 2 at Ohio Dominican Ernie McCook
16 Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 231 NR Sept. 2 vs. Edinboro (Pa.) Matt Mitchell
17 Indiana (Pa.) 10-2 220 21 Sept. 11 vs. No. 20 Kutztown (Pa.) Paul Tortorella
18 Bowie St. (Md.) 11-1 210 18 Sept. 4 at Delaware St. Damon Wilson
19 Tiffin (Ohio) 9-2 188 23 Sept. 4 at Marian (Ind.) Chris Reisert
20 Kutztown (Pa.) 11-2 144 16 Sept. 4 vs. Assumption (Mass.) Jim Clements
21 Lindenwood (Mo.) 9-4 134 25 Sept. 2 vs. Angelo St. (Texas) Jed Stugart
22 Harding (Ark.) 10-2 120 15 Sept. 4 vs. East Central (Okla.) Paul Simmons
23 Minnesota-Duluth 8-3 100 NR Sept. 2 at Upper Iowa Curt Wiese
24t. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 9-3 95 20 Sept. 2 vs. West Georgia Mike Clowney
24t. Wingate (N.C.) 10-2 95 16 Sept. 2 vs. Shaw (N.C.) Joe Reich

*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2019

Others Receiving Votes: Fort Hays St., 90; Tusculum (Tenn.), 52; Angelo St. (Texas), 49; Augustana (S.D.), 42; Ashland (Ohio), 38; West Chester (Pa.), 38; Delta St. (Miss.), 35; West Texas A&M, 26; Midwestern St. (Texas), 25; Bentley (Mass.), 24; Henderson St. (Ark.), 24; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 23; UT-Permian Basin (Texas), 23; Ohio Dominican, 20; Findlay (Ohio), 18; West Alabama, 18; California (Pa.), 17; Charleston (W.Va.), 16; Central Washington, 15; Miles (Ala.), 15; Truman St. (Mo.), 15; Oklahoma Baptist, 14; Assumption (Mass.), 9; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 8; Wayne St. (Mich.), 8; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 6; Virginia Union, 6; Chadron St. (Neb.), 4; Nebraska-Kearney, 4; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 2; West Georgia, 2; Hillsdale (Mich.), 1; Missouri Western, 1; Virginia St., 1; Western Oregon, 1.


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