Valdosta State is No. 1 in AFCA Division II 2019 Preseason Football Poll

The Valdosta State Blazers take selfies after winning last year’s Division II national championship. (RoadTripSports.com photo by Matthew Postins)

WACO, TEX.– Fresh off of their fourth national championship in the last 14 years, Valdosta State (Ga.) is the preseason No. 1-ranked team in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Blazers, who went 14-0 in 2018, start their season off at Albany State (Ga.) on September 7. This is the fourth time Valdosta State has begun the season at No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll since it began in 2000. National runner-up from a year ago, Ferris State (Mich.), sits in the No. 2 spot. The Bulldogs are followed by No. 3 Minnesota State, No. 4 Notre Dame (Ohio) and No. 5 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.).

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There are two Top 25 matchups in the first week of action, with the first being a big game in the Great American Conference. No. 5 Ouachita Baptist plays host to No. 18 Harding (Ark.) on Thursday, September 5. The second game is a good regional matchup as No. 16 Indianapolis (Ind.) travels to No. 23 Ashland (Ohio).

2019 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll — Preseason


TEAM
PTS. PREV*
1. Valdosta State (29) (14-0) 792 1
2. Ferris State (3) (15-1) 768 2
3. Minnesota State (13-1) 686 3
4. Notre Dame (OH) (13-1) 623 4
5. Ouachita Baptist (12-1) 585 6
6. Northwest Missouri State (10-3) 580 10
7. Tarleton State (12-1) 549 5
8. Lenoir-Rhyne (12-2) 524 8
9. Colorado State-Pueblo (11-2) 463 7
10. Slippery Rock (11-3) 446 12
11. Fort Hays State (9-3) 419 22
12. Grand Valley State (10-2) 418 14
13. Texas A&M-Commerce (10-3) 385 9
14. Minnesota-Duluth (11-1) 342 13
15. West Georgia (10-2) 330 16
16. Indianapolis (10-2) 319 11
17. Colorado Mines (10-2) 288 18
18. Harding (9-3) 223 20
19. Hillsdale (10-3) 220 15
20. Midwestern State (8-2) 214 25
21. Wingate (9-4) 175 24
22. West Chester (10-1) 134 17
23. Ashland (6-4) 129 NR
24. West Alabama (8-4) 116 NR
25. Fairmont State (9-2) 78 NR

*– Ranking in final Division II Poll of 2018; Records from 2018

Others Receiving Votes: Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 71; Indiana (Pa.), 68; Bowie St. (Md.), 66; New Haven (Conn.), 65; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 65; West Florida, 42; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 25; Virginia Union, 21; California (Pa.), 19; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 19; Central Missouri, 15; Albany St. (Ga.), 14; Southern Arkansas, 14; Augustana (S.D.), 12; Emporia St. (Kan.), 11; Florida Tech, 10; Central Oklahoma, 9; Chadron St. (Neb.), 8; Central Washington, 7; Ohio Dominican, 7; Winona St. (Minn.), 6; Assumption (Mass.), 5; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 5; Angelo St. (Texas), 2; Kutztown (Pa.), 2; Shepherd (W.Va.), 2; Colorado Mesa, 1; Findlay (Ohio), 1; Lindenwood (Mo.), 1; Missouri S&T, 1.

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