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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Southern Arkansas is the fourth different No. 1 team as it grabs the top spot in this week’s 2019 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Muleriders (17-3) first-ever No. 1 ranking was unanimous as they collected all 16 first-place votes and 400 points.

Southern Arkansas is riding an 11-game winning streak following seven Great American Conference triumphs last week. The Muleriders finished a sweep of then-RV Harding with three wins on the road. SAU returned home to pick up four-more league victories against Northwestern Oklahoma State, two via shutouts.

The poll continued to shift around, as only two programs - No. 16 UAH and No. 23 Southern New Hampshire – stayed in their previous week’s positions. This week No. 15 Texas A&M-Kingsville and No. 21 Wingate, who were both unranked, enter the poll as newcomers.

The Javelinas (19-2) are coming off a Lone Star Conference sweep of then-No. 2 Texas A&M University-Commerce to earn their first ranking since 2009. The Bulldogs (16-2) have won 16 straight after dropping their first two games of the season. Wingate returns to the rankings for the first time since 2015.

Another red-hot program, West Florida, rose to No. 2 this week following a 5-0 week. The Argos (21-1) become the first Division II program to reach the 20-win plateau after sweeping a twinbill from Miles and take all three Gulf South contests against Mississippi College.

Idle Concordia Irvine, North Georgia, Valdosta State make up the three through five spots. The NightHawks (17-5) won both their contests over Palm Beach Atlantic and Catawba in a weather-shortened week. Valdosta State posted a 3-1 mark, splitting at Flagler and taking the first two GSC games from Union.

No. 6 Chico State won a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association road games at Cal State San Marcos, while No. 7 Carson-Newman earned four road wins, two each at Augusta and Limestone. The Eagles (13-0) are the only undefeated team in the top 25.

Rounding out the top 10 are Central Oklahoma (16-1), West Texas A&M (15-4) and Florida Tech (16-4).

No. 24 Wayne State University and No. 25 Newberry enter the top 25, while four squads- No. 12 Tarleton State, No. 18 Young Harris and No. 25 Gannon – drop out.

The 2019 NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through March 3, 2019.

  

2019 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 6 (Week 3)

Rank

School

Totals

2019 Record

Previous Week

1

Southern Arkansas (16)

400

17-3

3

2

West Florida

365

21-1

10

3

Concordia Irvine

358

11-1

5

4

North Georgia

350

17-5

7

5

Valdosta State

320

13-3

4

6

Chico State

315

14-3

8

7

Carson-Newman

292

13-0

11

8

Central Oklahoma

283

16-1

15

9

West Texas A&M

261

15-4

21

10

Florida Tech

239

16-4

9

11

Grand Valley State

229

5-1

14

12

Colorado Mesa

220

14-4

17

12

St. Anselm

220

7-3

1

14

UC San Diego

199

15-3

13

15

Texas A&M-Kingsville

166

19-2

NR

16

UAH

162

15-6

16

17

Indianapolis

147

11-3

19

18

Texas A&M-Commerce

133

17-6

2

19

Cal State San Bernardino

97

9-2

20

20

Angelo State

95

16-7

6

21

Wingate

79

16-2

NR

22

Augustana

65

5-3

24

23

Southern New Hampshire

51

5-1

23

24

Wayne State University

42

7-2

RV

25

Newberry

41

15-3

RV

 

New to Poll: No. 15 Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 21 Wingate, No. 24 Wayne State University, No. 25 Newberry.

Dropped Out: No. 12 Tarleton State, No. 18 Young Harris, No. 22 Dixie State, No. 25 Gannon

Receiving Votes: Mississippi College (19), Rogers State (19), Winona State (16), Lenoir-Rhyne (7), Gannon (4), Young Harris (4), Dixie State (2).

The 2019 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the NCAA’s eight regions. Records reflect games played through March 3.

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