AFCA Coaches' Poll released; Newberry just short of Top 25

AFCA Coaches' Poll released; Newberry just short of Top 25
Monday, August 31, 2009 | by After receiving no votes in preseason poll, Newberry gets 71 votes after defeating VSU

WACO, Texas - The Newberry College football team received no votes in the AFCA preseason poll, but made one of the largest jumps in the nation following Saturday's 31-24 win over Valdosta State. The scarlet and gray received 71 votes in the poll after the first week - the 26th most in Division II.

Newberry (1-0) is one of two schools which did not receive votes in the preseason poll, but did after Week One. Saginaw Valley State University received 87 votes and is ranked 24th nationally after defeating California (Pa.) University, 23-17.

While the win did not put the scarlet and gray in the top 25 in the national coaches' eyes, the media poll is released tomorrow. Newberry had received votes in that organization's preseason poll.

Two South Atlantic Conference teams made the Top 25 including Carson-Newman, which dropped from No. 9 to No. 22 following last week's loss to Winona State, and Catawba, which received 81 votes in the 25th spot after defeating Saint Augustine's College.

Wingate received 21 votes in the poll, 10 more than in the preseason poll, and Tusculum dropped out of the Top 25 following its loss to the University of Charleston (W. Va.), but is still receiving 12 votes. Valdosta State dropped from 12th to 20th nationally, received 130 votes in this week's poll.

Newberry stays on the road in an effort to jump into that Top 25 this week. The scarlet and gray travel to Clarksville, Tenn., to take on Division I-FCS program Austin Peay. Kickoff at Governors Stadium at 6 p.m. Central Time.

AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll
August 31, 2009

RankTeamRecordVotesLast Poll
1.Grand Valley State University (21)1-06211
2.University of Minnesota - Duluth (3)1-05883
3.Abilene Christian University (1)1-05735
4.University of North Alabama1-05546
5.Pittsburg State University1-05307
6.Bloomsburg (Pa.) University1-046413
7.Chadron State College1-045810
8.Northwest Missouri State University0-14342
9.University of Central Washington1-041514
10.Minnesota State University - Mankato1-032217
11.Delta State University0-12854
12.Tuskegee University1-028318
13.West Texas A&M University0-124511
14.West Chester (Pa.) University1-022720
15.Edinboro (Pa.) University1-019721
16.Albany State University1-018419
17.California (Pa.) University0-11738
18.Texas A&M University - Kingsville1-0165NR
19.University of Central Missouri1-013425
20.Valdosta State University0-113012
21.Glenville State College1-012522
22.Carson-Newman College0-11169
23.Ashland University0-110815
24.Saginaw Valley State University1-087NR
25.Catawba College1-081NR

Dropped Out: University of Central Oklahoma (16), Tusculum College (23), Fayetteville State University 25.

Others Receiving Votes: NEWBERRY COLLEGE, 71; University of Nebraska - Omaha, 63; Winona State University, 62; Wayne State College (Neb.), 54; Tarleton State University, 51; Indiana (Pa.) University, 49; University of Central Oklahoma, 38; Washburn University, 34; Augustana College (S.D.) , 28; Wayne State University (Mich.), 24; University of Charleston (W. Va.), 22; Wingate University, 21; Missouri Western State University, 17; University of North Carolina - Pembroke, 16; Arkansas Tech University, 16; Adams State College, 14; Tusculum College, 12, Michigan Tech University, 11; Missouri University of Science and Technology, 9; Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 5; Midwestern State University, 5; Seton Hill University, 2; Colorado School of Mines, 2.