The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is ranked No. 9 in the final 2018 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the AFCA on Monday.
The Lions went 10-3 in 2018 for their third consecutive year with double-digit victories. A&M-Commerce advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the fourth straight season and the regional semifinal round for the third straight year.
Four A&M-Commerce opponents from 2018 finished in the top 25 – Tarleton (No. 5), Colorado State-Pueblo (No. 7), Minnesota-Duluth (No. 13), and MSU Texas (No. 25).
A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 52 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll. This is A&M-Commerce’s 58th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.
In the polls recognized by Division II as the top rating system, the Lions have been recognized as a nationally ranked team 107 times since joining Division II in 1981.
2018 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll
December 17, 2018
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts.||Prev.|
|1.||Valdosta St. (Ga.) (33)||14-0||825||3|
|2.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||15-1||792||2|
|4.||Notre Dame (Ohio)||13-1||699||11|
|6.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||12-1||662||4|
|10.||Northwest Missouri St.||10-3||475||18|
|12.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||11-3||412||NR|
|14.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||10-2||395||7|
|17.||West Chester (Pa.)||10-1||281||8|
|18.||Colorado School of Mines||10-2||256||14|
|19.||Bowie St. (Md.)||10-3||232||25|
|22.||Fort Hays St. (Kan.)||9-3||180||19|
|23.||New Haven (Conn.)||9-3||177||NR|
Dropped Out: Kutztown (Pa.) (20), Ohio Dominican (22), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (24)
Others Receiving Votes: Kutztown (Pa.), 105; West Alabama, 43; Ohio Dominican, 32; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 21; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 14; Missouri S&T, 11; Florida Tech, 8; Indiana (Pa.), 7; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 6; Chadron St. (Neb.), 3; Central Washington, 2; Virginia Union, 2; Ashland (Ohio), 1; Tiffin (Ohio), 1.