Michael Brown /usfcougars.com

WACO, TX -- After receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) the last three weeks, the University of Sioux Falls (4-0,4-0) received 57 votes Monday to make its first ever appearance in the DII Poll at No. 25.

Valdosta State (Ga.), Colorado School of Mines and Abilene Christian (Texas) all fell out of the poll this week.

The Cougars rallied from a 5-0 halftime deficit Saturday to protect their home field and defeat Bemidji State University (1-3), 21-5 and improve to 38-1 all-time at Bob Young Field.

USF is one of three Northern Sun Intercollegiate teams to receive votes. Minnesota-Duluth (4-0) continues to sit in the No. 2 spot, while Minnesota State (4-0), who ranked No. 22 last week, jumped seven spots to sit No. 15 in this week's poll. They represent the only other NSIC teams that are undefeated this season.

The Cougars will host Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday, Sept. 29, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

2012 AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll - September 24, 2012

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Three
1. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29) 4-0 749 1 D. Lincoln (Mo.), 59-17
2. Minnesota-Duluth 4-0 716 2 D. Augustana (S.D.), 42-34
3. Colorado St.-Pueblo 4-0 680 3 D. Adams St. (Colo.), 30-0
4. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 4-0 649 4 D. Ohio Dominican, 46-41
5. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1) 4-0 627 5 D. Virginia Union, 35-6
6. California (Pa.) 4-0 600 6 D. No. 14 Indiana (Pa.), 26-24
7. Missouri Western St. 4-0 568 7 D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 21-3
8. New Haven (Conn.) 4-0 547 8 D. St. Anselm (N.H.), 45-0
9. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 4-0 490 10 D. Dixie St. (Utah), 49-13
10. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 4-0 484 11 D. LIU Post (N.Y.), 42-27
11. Northwest Missouri St. 3-1 441 12 D. Nebraska-Kearney, 37-13
12. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 3-0 392 13 D. Arkansas Tech, 31-24
13. Ashland (Ohio) 4-0 375 17 D. Northern Michigan, 42-13
14. Midwestern St. (Texas) 2-1 340 15 D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 45-28
15. MinnesotaSt.-Mankato 4-0 297 22 D. Minnesota St.-Moorhead, 24-0
16. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 3-1 245 20 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 51-24
17. Henderson St. (Ark.)   4-0 232 24 D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 56-20
18. Wayne St. (Mich.)   2-1 186 21 D. Malone (Ohio), 38-14
19. West Alabama   3-1 181 23 D. No. 16 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 39-28
20. Washburn (Kan.)   3-1 155 9 Lost to Central Oklahoma, 35-20
21. Shippensburg (Pa.)   4-0 150 NR D. Millersville (Pa.), 61-6
22. Indiana (Pa.)   3-1 147 14 Lost to No. 6 California (Pa.), 26-24
23. West Texas A&M   3-1 106 25 D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 24-0
24. Newberry (S.C.)   4-0 68 NR D. Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 47-22
25. Sioux Falls (S.D.)
4-0 57 NR D. Bemidji St. (Minn.), 21-5

 

Courtesy:  University of Sioux Falls