53 / 22
      55 / 26
      56 / 28

      Buffs remain 4th in AFCA Coaches' Poll

      Following the thrilling 34-31 comeback win by the No. 4 West Texas A&M football team Thursday evening over No. 18 Chadron State, WT remained fourth in the latest AFCA Coachesâ?? Poll which was released Monday morning.

      WT battled back from a 24-6 halftime deficit and outscored the Eagles 28-7 in the second half, including 18-0 in the fourth quarter for the win.

      Valdosta State, who was idle last week, remained first in the poll garnering 28 first place votes and 790 points. Minnesota State-Mankato stayed at second following a 68-26 win over Minnesota-Crookston and had three first place votes and 765 points. Northwest Missouri State remained third following a hard-fought, 28-24 victory over Central Missouri as NWMSU came in with 720 points.

      The Buffs remained fourth with 693 points, followed by Colorado State-Pueblo with 673 points and one first place vote to round out the top five. The entire top 10 from last week stayed the same. Ashland University (0-2) fell out of the poll as did Delta State (1-1) who lost to Texas A&M-Commerce in the LSC Football Festival Friday.

      Washburn and St. Cloud State moved into the poll and are both 2-0 at Nos. 22 and 23, respectively. Tarleton State, who beat then-No. 13 Midwestern State 27-24 in the festival, is the first team listed among other receiving votes, while Midwestern State fell to No. 25. Chadron State fell three spots to No. 21 following the loss to WT.

      Texas A&M-Kingsville and West Georgia are also among others receiving votes. West Georgia hosts Midwestern State this weekend, while Texas A&M-Kingsville hosts McMurry.

      The Buffs open the 2013 home season Saturday at 6 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium versus Texas A&M-Commerce in a battle of 2-0 teams. Tickets, live stats, audio and video of the game can be accessed by logging on to