Oct. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Abilene Christian Athletics

ABILENE, Texas - For the first time since ACU began playing NCAA Division II football, the Wildcats have been voted the No. 1 team in the nation.

The Wildcats moved from No. 2 in the nation to No. 1 in Monday's American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA) poll after a 38-14 win over then-No. 23 Angelo State on Saturday and previous No. 1 Grand Valley State's 27-24 upset loss against previously unranked Hillsdale (Mich.).

The 7-0 Wildcats claimed the No. 1 spot in the land with 621 votes, including 23 first-place votes.  Unbeaten North Alabama moved up one spot from No. 3 to No. 2 after a 50-3 win over North Greenville (S.C.) last Thursday.  The Lions picked up two first-place votes and 600 total points.

Central Washington moved up to No. 3, while Bloomsburg (Pa.), Northwest Missouri State and Minnesota State-Mankato moved up to Nos. 4, 5 and 6, respectively.   ACU's Lone Star Conference rival, unbeaten Texas A&M-Kingsville, moved up two spots to No. 7 after Saturday's 35-34 win over Texas A&M-Commerce.

Grand Valley State dropped seven spots to No. 8, while defending national champion Minnesota State-Duluth checked in at No. 9, followed by Albany State (Ga.) at No. 10.

Other LSC teams in this week's rankings are Tarleton State at No. 13 and Midwestern State at No. 22.  The ASU Rams dropped out of the poll after losing to ACU.

The Wildcats will play as the nation's No. 1-ranked team for the first time Saturday at 2 p.m. when it hosts LSC South Division rival West Texas A&M in their annual homecoming contest at Shotwell Stadium.

Full AFCA Top 25