Rock receive votes in AFCA Division II national poll
WACO, Texas – Slippery Rock University was included in a group of teams that received votes in the American Football Coaches Association Division II national poll released Monday.
The Rock, unbeaten after two games this fall, received two votes from a panel of head coaches representing the four super regions within the NCAA Division format.
The national ranking was The Rock’s first since they were among the teams that received votes in the 2012 preseason poll. That ranking came on the heels of SRU being listed in the AFCA top 25 four weeks during its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference runner-up season in 2011.
SRU was one of five PSAC teams and one of 10 Super Region One teams that received votes in this week’s AFCA poll.
Defending PSAC champion Indiana (Pa.) was ranked eighth, followed by the PSAC’s Bloomsburg at No. 13, Mountain East Conference member Shepherd at No. 15, defending regional champion Winston-Salem State of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association at No. 19 and the PSAC’s West Chester at No. 20.
Joining The Rock in the group of 21 teams that also received votes were PSAC-Western Division rival California (Pa.), Concord of the MEC, New Haven from the Northeast-10 Conference and Shaw from the CIAA.
Enhancing The Rock’s chances of moving up in the poll is the fact they play three of their ranked rivals head-to-head this fall. SRU hosts Indiana (Oct. 12) and California (Nov. 2) and travels to Bloomsburg (Nov. 16).
The Rock’s immediate concern is Saturday’s noon date with PSAC-Western Division rival Gannon University (1-1) in Erie. The Green and White will look to snap a string of five consecutive losses in games played along the shores of Lake Erie. SRU’s last win in Erie was a 2002 triumph over Gannon.
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