Middle of coaches' poll sees changes while top seven remains same
Six top-25 teams lost this past weekend, causing a shakeup in the poll from No. 7 on down. Bloomburg moves up to No. 12 after a win against then-ranked No. 8 West Chester. Emporia State drops six spots to No. 16 after a loss to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State. Missouri Western State moves up to No. 19 after a win against then-No. 15 Washburn and Midwestern State drops 12 spots after a loss to Eastern New Mexico.
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There are five top-25 match-ups this weekend. Second-ranked Northwest Missouri State will take on No. 19 Missouri Western State, No. 9 Winston-Salem and No. 22 Virginia State will compete for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship, while No. 12 Bloomsburg and No. 18 Slippery Rock will compete for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship. Sixteenth-ranked Emporia State versus No. 23 Washburn and No. 24 Midwestern State versus No. 25 West Texas A&M round out the last two top-25 games.
Minnesota State-Mankato still holds the top spot with 21 first-place votes, but lost one first-place vote to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, which has 10 this week. Colorado State-Pueblo, Henderson State and Minnesota-Duluth round out the top five.