Texans make history again, move up to No. 4 in AFCA national poll

STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Football has moved up one spot to No. 4 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 poll, marking the highest ranking in school history.

The No. 4 ranking surpasses last week’s then-record No. 5 ranking, which tied the school record for highest placement in the AFCA poll. The Texans received 678 votes in the poll and leaped past Notre Dame’s (Ohio) 649 votes. Valdosta State, the defending national champions, are No. 1, followed by Ferris State (2) and Minnesota State (3), as the only teams ranked ahead of Tarleton.

The Texans have been ranked 12 straight weeks in the AFCA poll, including nine consecutive weeks in the top 10 and three consecutive weeks in the top 5 – the longest stretches 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 and Eastern New Mexico received votes in the poll, but aren’t ranked.

The Texans are coming off a 56-3 victory over Doane University in the inaugural game at the Lonn Reisman Athletic Center at Memorial Stadium to move to 2-0. The Texans have now won 12 straight regular season games dating back to last season. After putting up 609 yards of offense in the win over Doane, which gives them two straight weeks with over 600 yards of total offense, the Texans now lead the nation in offense at 641 yards per game.

Tarleton will open up Lone Star Conference play at home against West Texas A&M for Family Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.

2019 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 16, 2019

 1.   Valdosta St. (Ga.) (31)          2-0    799
 2.   Ferris St. (Mich.) (1)             2-0    768
 3.    Minnesota St.                      2-0    730
 4.   Tarleton St. (Texas)            2-0    678
 5.   Notre Dame (Ohio)               2-0    649
 6.   Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)         2-0    637
 7.   Northwest Missouri St.         2-0    614
 8.   Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)             2-0    571
 9.   Colorado St.-Pueblo             2-0    541
10.   Grand Valley St. (Mich.)       2-0    505
11.   Slippery Rock (Pa.)              2-0    465
12.   Texas A&M-Commerce       2-0    415
13.   Minnesota-Duluth                2-0    401
14.   Indianapolis (Ind.)                2-0    378
15.   West Georgia                      2-0    376
16.   Midwestern St. (Texas)       2-0    313
17.   Colorado School of Mines   2-0    293
18.   West Chester (Pa.)              2-0    218
19.   Wingate (N.C.)                    2-0    214
20.   West Alabama                     2-0    190
21.   Central Missouri                  2-0    164         
22. Pittsburg St. (Kan.)                2-0    136         
23. Harding (Ark.)                        1-1      84
24. Indiana (Pa.)                          2-0      81
25. Bowie St. (Md.)                      2-0      38

Dropped Out: Fort Hays St. (Kan.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: West Texas A&M, 31; Ashland (Ohio), 25; Florida Tech, 14; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 10; Kutztown (Pa.), 10; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 8; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 7; Eastern New Mexico, 5; Shepherd (W.Va.), 5; Colorado Mesa, 4; Southern Arkansas, 4; Virginia Union, 4; California (Pa.), 3; Missouri S&T, 3; Missouri Western St., 2; Truman St. (Mo.), 2; West Florida, 2; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 1; Henderson St. (Ark.), 1; Ohio Dominican, 1.


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