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Wayne Cavadi | NCAA.com | October 23, 2018

DII football rankings: The top 10 dominates as the poll welcomes two new teams in Week 8

The Top 10 of DII football dominated Week 8. With No. 10 MSU Texas idle, the remaining nine teams went 9-0 and outscored their opponents 339-189. Those strong performances led to little change toward the top of the poll.

However, there is still plenty to note in the Week 8 AFCA poll. With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the postseason picture is starting to take shape. These are the teams who are now on watch for a title run come November.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Minnesota State (30) 8-0 821 1
2 Ferris State 8-0 768 2
3 West Georgia 8-0 755 3
4 Ouachita Baptist 8-0 678 4
5 Minnesota Duluth 8-0 670 5
6 Colorado School of Mines 8-0 646 6
7 Valdosta State 8-0 630 7
8 Tarleton State 7-0 582 9
9 Grand Valley State 7-1 541 8
10 MSU Texas 6-1 524 10
11 Northwest Missouri State 7-1 513 11
12 West Chester 7-0 459 12
13 Colorado State-Pueblo 7-1 414 13
14 Notre Dame (OH) 8-0 406 14
15 Kutztown 7-0 342 15
16 Indianapolis 6-1 338 16
17 Tiffin 8-0 303 17
18 Texas A&M-Commerce 6-2 241 18
19 LIU Post 7-0 237 20
20 Central Washington 6-2 175 21
21 Southern Arkansas 7-1 171 22
22 Indiana (Pa) 6-2 109 23
23 Harding 6-2 95 24
24 Lenoir-Rhyne 7-1 83 NR
25 Hillsdale 7-1 47 NR

The DII football top 10 remains the same, almost

There was almost no change within the top 10. No. 1 Minnesota State continues its strong run. The Mavericks last regular-season loss came almost two years ago, on Oct. 29, 2016, to Sioux Falls. Their only loss during that span was in the playoffs last season to the eventual national champion Texas A&M-Commerce Lions. With the Mavericks three remaining opponents having a combined 10-14 record, they have as good a chance as any to run the table.

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The only change in the top 10 was that No. 8 Tarleton State and No. 9 Grand Valley State flip-flopped from Week 7. Davenport gave the Lakers everything they could handle, and it took a 53-yard touchdown reception in the final two minutes by star wide receiver Nick Dodson to get Grand Valley State past the Panthers. Tarleton State just continues to roll, this week putting up 59 points. It sets up an exciting top 10 matchup with MSU Texas this week that has tremendous Lone Star Conference implications. 

Welcome to the top 25

One word comes to mind with this week's newcomers to the DII football poll.

Finally.

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Both No. 24 Lenoir-Rhyne and No. 25 Hillsdale have had strong seasons. The Bears have seven straight wins since dropping their opener to then-ranked West Alabama. With Catawba and Carson-Newman left on the schedule, the Bears control their own destiny in the South Atlantic Conference. A win over Carson-Newman in two weeks essentially gives them the SAC title.

Hillsdale also has an impressive resume. The Chargers are 7-1, dropping a Week 2 out-of-conference game to Michigan Tech. They have signature wins against Great Midwest Athletic Conference front-runners Ohio Dominican and Findlay and have undefeated Tiffin left on the schedule on Nov. 3. That game will be for the G-MAC and should be an exciting one.

Undefeated DII football teams

Here are the remaining undefeated teams in the top 25.

SCHOOL RECORD
Minnesota State 8-0
Ferris State 8-0
West Georgia 8-0
Ouachita Baptist 8-0
Minnesota Duluth 8-0
Colorado School of Mines 8-0
Valdosta State 8-0
Tarleton State 7-0
West Chester 7-0
Notre Dame (OH) 8-0
Kutztown 7-0
Tiffin 8-0
LIU-Post 7-0

We know for certain there will be one less undefeated team in DII football come Week 9. West Chester heads to Andre Reed Stadium for a huge Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference showdown this weekend. Colorado School of Mines has no easy task running the table. While they have wins against conference foes Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado Mesa already, the three remaining teams on the Orediggers schedule -- South Dakota Mines (4-4), Dixie State (5-3), and Chadron State (5-2) -- all present tough challenges and have shown they have the talent to hang with anyone. Should the Orediggers pull through undefeated, you may have to consider them a serious contender to head to Texas in December.

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