Texans move to No. 7 in AFCA national poll after ninth-straight win

Tarleton is one of 10 remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division II

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STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Football continued its rise up the national poll as the Texans check in at No. 7 in the latest rankings released by the American Football Coaches Association.

Tarleton is coming off a dominant 59-3 showing against Lincoln (Mo.) in Stephenville Saturday afternoon that moved the Texans to 9-0 on the season. The Texans will close out the regular season at home Saturday at 2 p.m. against Western New Mexico. With a win, Tarleton can secure the second outright LSC Championship in program history. Tarleton won co-championships in 2009 and 2013 to go along with divisional titles in 2002, 2003, and 2006. It also brought the program’s all-time record back to an even .500 at 480-480-33.

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Tarleton is one of 10 remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division II.

This marks the fifth different season that Tarleton has been ranked under head coach Todd Whitten. The ninth-year leader of the Texans led Tarleton to its first national ranking in 2001 and took them as high as No. 6 in the nation during the 2002 season. This is the 93rd week in Tarleton’s NCAA history the Texans have been ranked, including the sixth straight this year. It is the 17th week in program history that Tarleton has been a national top-10 team, 12 of which have now come under Whitten’s guidance.

For the complete AFCA national ranking, visit AFCA.com.

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