College Football Rankings: Division II Top 25, Week 5

Division II college football might not get the kind of attention on a week-to-week basis that it’s big-brand counterpart does, but it provided one of the biggest upsets of the week last week.

The Ashland Eagles held one of the nations most dynamic offenses from No. 2 Ferris State to three points over four quarters to seal a 20-3 upset, and vault themselves into the AFCA Top-25.

Ferris State was ranked No. 2 in the country and led the nation in both total offense and rushing offense. They were held in check through the first half, and went into the locker room trailing 13-3.

Many awaited an inevitable second-half surge by the heavy favorites, but that never materialized.

“Ashland had a great defensive game plan,” said Ferris State head coach Tony Annese. “We couldn’t get any explosive plays going.”

The victory put Ashland at No. 20 in the country, their first ranking in the top 25 this season. Meanwhile, Ferris State dropped a total of 13 spots and now sits at 15th in the country.

The full American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll for Week 5 can be seen below:

  1. Northwest Missouri State (34)
  2. Texas A&M-Commerce
  3. Shepherd (W.Va.)
  4. Indiana (Pa.)
  5. California (Pa.)
  6. Minnesota State
  7. Sioux Falls
  8. Colorado Mesa
  9. Grand Valley State
  10. Indianapolis
  11. Arkansas Tech
  12. Midwestern State
  13. Delta State
  14. Fort Hays State
  15. Ferris State
  16. Central Washington
  17. Colorado St-Pueblo
  18. Slippery Rock
  19. Humboldt State
  20. Ashland
  21. Bowie State
  22. Assumption
  23. Catawba
  24. LIU-Post
  25. Winona State

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