Friday, September 21, 2007


WACO, TEX.-- Grand Valley State beat conference rival Findlay, 38-15, and garnered 27 of a possible 28 first place votes to continue as the No. 1 team in the 2007 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll after the fourth week of action.

North Dakota remains in the second position after out-lasting Central Washington, 35-28. No. 3 North Alabama received the other first place vote after the Lions dismantled Harding, 58-17. Valdosta State and Chadron State were idle this week and remain in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Nebraska-Omaha opened its conference slate with a 45-10 victory over Western Washington and jumped two spots to No. 6 this week. Pittsburg State slid one spot to No. 7 despite a 31-28 win over Missouri Southern State. Carson-Newman rose one position to No. 8 after handing St. Augustine’s a 45-6 loss. No. 9 Delta State held on for a 9-7 win over Henderson State and fell two spots, while Northwest Missouri State jumped back into the Top 10 after a 44-20 win over Missouri Western State.

No. 11 Newberry moved its record to 3-0 after a 39-20 win over North Greenville. West Texas A&M jumped two spots to No. 12 after its 45-14 win over Texas A&M-Commerce, as did California, who moved from No. 15 to No. 13 after its 57-0 blanking of Cheyney. Midwestern State downed Northeastern State, 38-7, and rose two positions to No. 14. Catawba dominated Fayetteville State, 46-7, and jumped three spots to No. 15.

No. 16 Tarleton State moved up one position despite being idle this past weekend. No. 17 South Dakota beat Minnesota-Duluth, 36-22, and rose two spots while Abilene Christian used a 41-3 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State to jump up three positions, from No. 21 to No. 18. Wingate was the biggest mover in the poll, going from No. 24 to No. 19 after beating Division II’s newest program, North Carolina-Pembroke, 57-14. West Chester used a 49-21 win over Clarion to jump three spots to No. 20.

Shepherd fell 11 spots to No. 21 this week after losing to Glenville State, 24-13. The loss snapped a 30-game regular season and 23-game conference win streak for the Rams. Indiana (Pa.) moved its record to 3-0 after a 38-23 win over East Stroudsburg and jumps into the Coaches’ Poll at No. 22. Northwood tumbled 10 spots after its 43-41 loss to Michigan Tech. Mars Hill is the second newcomer to the poll this week after its 35-17 victory over Cumberlands (Ky.). Tuskegee also jumps into the poll at No. 25 for the first time this year after the Golden Tigers beat Benedict, 44-8.