Unbeaten Texans stay at No. 4 in AFCA poll for sixth straight week

By Russell Huffman

STEPHENVILLE – For the sixth consecutive week, Tarleton is ranked the No. 4 team in the nation by the American Football Coaches Association.

The Texans received 663 points and one vote for first place. Valdosta State, the defending national champions, are No. 1 with 774 points and 30 first-place nods. Ferris State (2) is at 737 points and a first, while Minnesota State is third with 708 points. The top 12 teams in the AFCA poll are all undefeated.

The Texans, who improved to 7-0 on the year, have been ranked 17 straight weeks in the AFCA poll, including 14 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and eight straight in the top 5 – the longest stretches in program history.

Tarleton is one of three Lone Star Conference teams ranked in the AFCA poll. Angelo State moved up three spots to No. 22 and Texas A&M-Commerce, who the Texans beat 35-21 last Saturday, fell from No. 20 to No. 23. Eastern New Mexico received four votes in the poll.

Last Saturday’s victory over then-No. 20 Texas A&M-Commerce marked the 17th straight regular season win for the Texans and 13th consecutive LSC win. The Texans have also won 12 straight home games at Memorial Stadium – the longest home winning streak in NCAA Division II.

The Texans will travel to Texas A&M-Kingsville to play the Javelinas for their homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. For tickets and information on the game, visit TarletonSports.com.

2019 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 21, 2019

Rank     School (1st votes)          Rec.      Pts.
1          Valdosta St. (Ga.) (30) 7-0       774
2          Ferris St. (Mich.)         7-0       737
3          Minnesota St.             7-0       708
4          Tarleton (1)                 7-0       663
5          Ouachita Baptist         7-0       644
6          Notre Dame (Ohio)     7-0       608
7          Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)    7-0       586
8          Indianapolis (Ind.)       6-0       526
9t.        Colorado Mines          7-0       519
9t.        Slippery Rock (Pa.)      7-0       519
11        Central Missouri         7-0       421
12        Wingate (N.C.)             7-0       417
13        Colorado St.-Pueblo    6-1       368
14        NW Missouri St.          6-1       343
15        Bowie St. (Md.)           7-0       337
16        Grand Valley St.          6-1       311
17        Kutztown (Pa.)             7-0       305
18        Harding (Ark.)             6-1       247
19        Indiana (Pa.)               6-1       209
20        West Florida               5-1       177
21        West Chester (Pa.)      6-1       151
22        Angelo St. (Texas)       6-1       142
23t.      Henderson St. (Ark.)   6-1       71
23t.      TX A&M-Commerce    4-2       71
25        Virginia Union             6-1       67

Dropped Out: Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (19), Minnesota-Duluth (23)

Others Receiving Votes: Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 39; Dixie St. (Utah), 37; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 20; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 12; Missouri Western St., 11; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 5; Minnesota-Duluth, 5; Truman St. (Mo.), 5; Eastern New Mexico, 4; Frostburg St. (Md.), 4; Tiffin (Ohio), 4; Nebraska-Kearney, 3; Assumption (Mass.), 2; Southern Arkansas, 2; Miles (Ala.), 1.


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