Texans match highest ranking in school history, move up two spots to No. 5

STEPHENVILLE – After going on the road and taking down FCS Division I Stephen F. Austin in its season opener, Tarleton Football has moved up two spots to No. 5 in the nation in the latest AFCA poll.

The No. 5 ranking ties a school record dating back to last season when the Texans were ranked fifth in the final AFCA poll of the season. The Texans received 644 votes in the poll and are only two votes behind Notre Dame (Ohio) for fourth in the rankings. Saturday’s home opener against Doane University will mark the first time in school history the Texans take the field as an NCAA Division II top-5 program.

The Texans have been ranked 11 straight weeks in the AFCA poll, including eight consecutive weeks in the top 10 – the longest stretch in program history.

Tarleton is one of three Lone Star Conference teams ranked in the AFCA poll, with Texas A&M-Commerce ranked No. 12 and Midwestern State at No. 16. West Texas A&M, Angelo State, and Eastern New Mexico received votes in the poll, but aren’t ranked. Valdosta State, the defending national champion, remains No. 1.

The Texans are coming off a 37-26 victory over the Lumberjacks and set a school record with 667 yards of total offense.

Tarleton will make its home debut at the newly renovated Lonn Reisman Athletic Center at Memorial Stadium against Doane on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit TarletonSports.com.

2019 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 9, 2019

Rank  School (1st votes)               Rec.     Pts. 
    1.    Valdosta St. (Ga.) (31)            1-0     799 
    2.    Ferris St. (Mich.)                     1-0     732
    3.    Minnesota St.                          1-0     718
    4.    Notre Dame (Ohio)                  1-0     646
    5.    Tarleton St. (Texas)                1-0     644
    6.    Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)            1-0     643
    7.    Northwest Missouri St. (1)       1-0     624
    8.    Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)                1-0     578
    9.    Colorado St.-Pueblo                1-0     545
  10.    Grand Valley St. (Mich.)          1-0     488
  11.    Slippery Rock (Pa.)                 1-0     441
  12.    Minnesota-Duluth                    1-0     397
  13.    Texas A&M-Commerce           1-0     400
  14.    West Georgia                          1-0     396
  15.    Indianapolis (Ind.)                   1-0     355
  16.    Midwestern St. (Texas)           1-0     331
  17.    Colorado School of Mines       1-0     313
  18.    Wingate (N.C.)                        1-0     208
  19.    West Chester (Pa.)                 1-0     189
  20.    West Alabama                         1-0     173
  21.    Central Missouri                      1-0     105
  22.    Harding (Ark.)                          0-1       95
  23.    Pittsburg St. (Kan.)                  1-0       84
  24.    Indiana (Pa.)                           1-0       83
  25.    Fort Hays St. (Kan.)                0-1       67

Dropped Out: Hillsdale (Mich.) (19), Ashland (Ohio) (23), Fairmont St. (W.Va.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Bowie St. (Md.), 56; Virginia Union, 40; Ashland (Ohio), 38; Augustana (S.D.), 30; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 24; California (Pa.), 23; Southern Arkansas, 15; Ohio Dominican, 13; West Texas A&M, 13; Colorado Mesa, 12; Angelo St. (Texas), 10; Florida Tech, 10; Emporia St. (Kan.), 9; Kutztown (Pa.), 9; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 9; Albany St. (Ga.), 5; Chadron St. (Neb.), 5; Winona St. (Minn.), 5; Central Washington, 4; Findlay (Ohio), 4; Michigan Tech, 4; Shepherd (W.Va.), 3; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 2; Eastern New Mexico, 1; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 1; Kentucky St., 1.


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