STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the second consecutive week, Alabama-Huntsville is the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll that was released on Wednesday.
The Chargers (28-1-1) are currently riding a 15-game win streak and received 15 of the possible 16 first-place votes in this week’s poll. Midwestern State (35-4) moved up one spot this week, from third to second, and received the remaining first-place vote.
In the rest of the top five, North Georgia (36-8) pushed ahead one spot to take over third, while Valdosta State (20-4) also moved up one, from fifth to fourth. Rounding out the first five in this week’s poll was Minnesota State Mankato (27-4), who cracks the top five since May of 2007.
UC San Diego gained its highest rank of the year this week by moving from 17th to ninth, while Nebraska-Omaha tied the Tritons for the biggest move of the week, shooting up eight spots from 21st to 13th.
Last week’s final two teams in the poll, Shippensburg (22-8) and Kutztown (30-7), both fell out of the rankings this week, but still received votes. Taking their places was California (PA) (19-7), who returned to the rankings at No. 24 following a five–week absence, while Cal State Chico (20-8) checked in at No. 25 for the first time since the final poll of 2010.