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Harding enters AFCA Division II Top 25 for the first time since 2005

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WACO, TEX. (HardingSports.com) With its 23-20 win over Southern Arkansas, Harding (Ark.) moved its record to 5-0 and jumped into the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the first time since September 20, 2005, at No. 23. Pittsburg State (Kan.) still sits at No. 1 with 29 first-place votes after a 30-21 victory over Central Missouri. Colorado State-Pueblo still sits No. 2, but a loss by then-No. 3 Grand Valley State (Mich.) causes some change with the rest of the Top 5. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) moves up to No. 3, followed by No. 4 Missouri Western State and No. 5 New Haven (Conn.). 

Grand Valley State (Mich.) fell 11 spots to No. 14 after its 40-24 loss to Ferris State (Mich.). West Alabama, Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Humboldt State (Calif.) all fell out of the poll this week after losses, causing two more teams to join Harding (Ark.) as newcomers this week. North Carolina-Pembroke enters the poll at No. 24 after a 20-10 victory over Tusculum (Tenn.), moving its record to 5-1. The last time the Braves were in the Top 25 was October 4, 2010. Shepherd (W.Va.) is the final newcomer this week. The Rams re-enter the poll at No. 25 after a five week layoff. They beat West Virginia Wesleyan, 37-6, to move their record to 5-1. 

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll – October 8, 2012

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Six Next Game

1. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29) 5-0 749 1 D. Central Missouri, 30-21 Oct. 13 vs. No. 7 Northwest Missouri St.

2. Colorado St.-Pueblo 6-0 708 2 D. Chadron St. (Neb.), 45-38 OT Oct. 13 at Colorado School of Mines

3. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1) 6-0 681 4 D. Johnson C. Smith (N.C.), 63-7 Oct. 13 vs. St. Augustine's (N.C.)

4. Missouri Western St. 6-0 658 5 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 45-31 Oct. 13 vs. Missouri Southern St.

5. New Haven (Conn.) 5-0 632 6 D. Assumption (Mass.), 65-7 Oct. 13 at Bentley (Mass.)

6. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6-0 600 7 D. Millersville (Pa.), 38-14 Oct. 13 vs. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)

7. Northwest Missouri St. 5-1 540 8 D. Central Oklahoma, 70-7 Oct. 13 vs. No. 1 Pittsburg St. (Kan.)

8. Ashland (Ohio) 6-0 538 9 D. Ohio Dominican, 44-21 Oct. 13 vs. Walsh (Ohio)

9. Minnesota-Duluth 5-1 472 10 D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 45-14 Oct. 13 at Minot St. (N.D.)

10. Minnesota St.-Mankato 6-0 458 12 D. Augustana (S.D.), 52-14 Oct. 13 vs. Southwest Minnesota St.

11. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 5-0 456 11 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 33-12 Oct. 13 at Arkansas-Monticello

12. Henderson St. (Ark.) 6-0 388 14 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 71-0 Oct. 13 at No. 23 Harding (Ark.)

13. Midwestern St. (Texas) 4-1 370 13 D. No. 18 West Alabama, 42-27 Oct. 13 vs. Angelo St. (Texas)

14. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-1 335 3 Lost to Ferris St. (Minn.), 40-24 Oct. 13 at Northern Michigan

15. California (Pa.) 5-1 296 16t D. Clarion (Pa.), 41-22 Oct. 13 vs. Lock Haven (Pa.)

16. Shippensburg (Pa.) 6-0 293 16t D. LIU Post (N.Y.), 36-20 Oct. 13 at Kutztown (Pa.)

17. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 5-1 286 15 D. Northwood (Mich.), 28-20 Oct. 11 vs. No. 18 Wayne St. (Mich.)

18. Wayne St. (Mich.) 4-1 247 19 D. Hillsdale (Mich.), 24-21 Oct. 11 at No. 17 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)

19. Washburn (Kan.) 5-1 209 20 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 51-18 Oct. 13 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)

20. West Texas A&M 5-1 197 21 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 35-9 Oct. 13 vs. Abilene Christian (Texas)

21. Emporia St. (Kan.) 6-0 162 25 D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 19-15 Oct. 13 vs. Lindenwood (Mo.)

22. Indiana (Pa.) 5-1 153 22 D. Slippery Rock (Pa.), 33-16 Oct. 13 at Edinboro (Pa.)

23. Harding (Ark.) 5-0 132 NR D. Southern Arkansas, 23-20 Oct. 13 vs. No. 12 Henderson St. (Ark.)

24. North Carolina-Pembroke 5-1 39 NR D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 20-10 Oct. 13 vs. Charleston (W.Va.)

25. Shepherd (W.Va.) 5-1 24 NR D. West Virginia Wesleyan, 37-6 Oct. 13 at West Liberty (W.Va.)

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