The West Texas A&M football team continued its upward climb in the latest American Football Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 as it moved to 14th this week. WT is one of two Lone Star Conference teams ranked in this weekâ??s edition of the poll as Midwestern State is 11th.
The Buffaloes are 7-1 overall and are a league-best 6-0 in Lone Star Conference play following a 44-21 win in the annual Wagon Wheel Game at Eastern New Mexico Saturday night. Midwestern State squeaked by Abilene Christian 35-31 to remain one game behind the Buffs in the league standings. The two teams meet Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in Canyon in what potentially could decide the league championship. The top six teams in the AFCA Coachesâ?? Poll remained the same as Colorado State-Pueblo remained the top team in the land for a second-straight week earning 24 of the 30 first-place votes. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) was second garnering the remaining six, first-place votes, followed by New Haven (Conn.), Bloomsburg (Pa.) and Northwest Missouri State rounded out the top five. Ashland (Ohio) was sixth again, but Nos. 7-25 changed a lot as defending national champion Pittsburg State (Kan.) dropped its second consecutive game in a 63-14 drubbing by Missouri Western State. The Gorillas fell to 22nd this week, dropping 15 spots from seventh last week. Minnesota State-Mankato moved to seventh, followed by Minnesota-Duluth, Henderson State (Ark.) and Shippensburg (Pa.) rounded out the top ten. Missouri Western State jumped from 16th to 12th following the win over PSU.
Hillsdale (Mich.) and Charleston (W.Va.) moved into the rankings at Nos. 24 and 25, respectively, as Hillsdale upset then-No. 15 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and knocked SVSU from the rankings and Michigan Tech, who was No. 22 last week, also dropped out. The Buffaloes take part in the Gulf South Conference-Lone Star Conference First and Ten Challenge this weekend as they travel to Carrollton, Ga., to take on University of West Georgia. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.AFCA DII Football Poll1.CSU-Pueblo11.Midwestern St.14.WTAMU