Buffs continue to climb

After its 41-21 stomping of Tarleton State on Saturday, the West Texas A&M football team moved up two spots in this weekâ??s American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) ranking as it went from 23rd to 21st. The Buffaloes are one of two Lone Star Conference teams ranked this week.

Midwestern State is ranked 13th after a 34-7 win over Incarnate Word on Saturday as it moved up one spot from 14th. For the first time this season, no LSC team is among other receiving votes. Abilene Christian was receiving votes last week, but dropped out after its 34-28 win at Delta State on Thursday.

Pittsburg State (Kan.) continues to lead the poll with 29 of 30 first-place votes with a 4-0 record as it was idle last week. Second-ranked Minnesota-Duluth fell to St. Cloud State 51-49, dropping the Bulldogs to No. 10. Buffalo opponent from the first week of the season, Colorado State-Pueblo, moved up to No. 2 this week following its 50-21 drubbing of Fort Lewis (Colo.). Grand Valley State (Mich.) moved to third, followed by Winston-Salem State (N.C.) and Missouri Western State rounded out the top five.

Two other Top 10 teams fell this week as then-No. 6 California (Pa.) lost 37-34 to West Chester (Pa.) as the Vulcans fell to No. 16 and then-No. 9 Humboldt State (Calif.) lost to Central Washington 31-3, dropping the Lumberjacks to No. 24.

Emporia State (Kan.) improved to 5-0 with a 37-26 win over Lincoln (Mo.) and entered the poll at No. 25 for the first time since 2003. Newberry (S.C.) fell out of the poll as it was 24th before a 35-28 loss to Mars Hill (N.C.).

The Buffaloes return to the road this weekend in a key Lone Star Conference matchup between the final two unbeaten teams in the conference in league play at Angelo State. WT is 4-1 on the year and 3-0 in conference play, while Angelo State is 3-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. Kick is set for 6 p.m. at San Angelo Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Saturday evening.

AFCA D2 Poll

1.Pitt St.


13.Midwestern St.

21.West Texas A&M