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Lions ranked ninth in final AFCA Coaches’ Poll of 2018.

WACO – 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 successive 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 known 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
3. Minnesota St. 13-1 750 1
4. Notre Dame (Ohio) 13-1 699 11
5. Tarleton 12-1 670 6
6. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 12-1 662 4
7. Colorado St.-Pueblo 11-2 546 9
8. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 12-2 497 17
9. A&M-COMMERCE 10-3 482 15
10. Northwest Missouri St. 10-3 475 18
11. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-2 462 12
12. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 11-3 412 NR
13. Minnesota-Duluth 11-1 408 5
14. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 10-2 395 7
15. Hillsdale (Mich.) 10-3 301 23
16. West Georgia 10-2 293 10
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
20. Harding (Ark.) 9-3 229 21
21. LIU-Post (N.Y.) 10-1 189 13
22. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) 9-3 180 19
23. New Haven (Conn.) 9-3 177 NR
24. Wingate (N.C.) 9-4 137 NR
25. MSU Texas 8-2 119 16

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.