The Nebraska-Kearney Lopers are ranked for the first time in a decade in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released on Sept. 13.
The Lopers defeated Pittsburg State, 28-17, a win that vaulted them into the Top 25 at No. 23, marking the first time UNK was ranked since Dec. 19, 2011, when it finished No. 10 in the season-ending poll.
Meanwhile, the West Florida Argo remained No. 1 in the country after defeating Southwest Baptist, 63-14. The Argo will head to Commerce, Texas, to face No. 21 Texas A&M-Commerce, which dropped 14 spots after falling to Midwestern State, 31-30. With the win, the Mustangs moved into the Top 25 at No. 20.
AFCA voters had Ferris State at No. 2, followed by Northwest Missouri State at No. 3, Valdosta State at No. 4 and Lenoir-Ryne at No. 5.
The rest of the Top 10 included No. 6 Slippery Rock, No. 7 Colorado Mines, No. 8 Notre Dame (OH), No. 9 Ouachita Baptist and No. 10 Grand Valley State.
After the Top 10, AFCA had Shepherd at No. 11, Indianapolis at No. 12, Minnesota-Duluth at No. 13, Indiana (PA) at No. 14, Tiffin at No. 15, Wingate at No. 16, Angelo State at No. 17, West Georgia at No. 18, Minnesota State at No. 19, Midwestern State at No. 20, Texas A&M-Commerce at No. 21, Delta State at No. 22, Nebraska-Kearney at No. 23, Bowie State at No. 24 and Henderson State at No. 25.
Harding, Kutztown, Colorado St.-Pueblo and Pittsburg State dropped out of the Top 25.
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