Sioux Falls 8th In Final Coaches Poll

USF Finished 12-1 In 2016

WACO, TEXAS – The University of Sioux Falls Football Team (12-1, 7-0 NSIC South), which captured its first NSIC title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA DII playoffs, was ranked #8 in the final AFCA Division II Top-25 Coaches Poll which was released Monday. USF, which finished with a program-best 12 wins at the DII level, was ranked in the top 10 of the final AFCA Poll for the first time in program history.
The Cougars has been ranked by the AFCA in 35 straight polls and in the top 10 for the final eight polls. USF, which was ranked #23 in the AFCA preseason poll, jumped to #17 on Sept. 19, #15 on Sept. 12, #14 on Sept. 19, #12 on Sept. 26, #9 on Oct. 3, #6 on Oct. 10 and to #4 on Oct 17. The Cougars received 547 ballot points, which was 412 more poll points since the preseason rankings.

The Cougars, which recorded its 12th unbeaten regular season (11-0) and 16th 10-win season in program history, have been ranked in every AFCA poll since opening at #24 on Sept. 22, 2014. USF’s had a run of six straight top-10 rankings in 2015 in the AFCA Poll and now have eight more this year which gives USF 4 top-10 rankings in the DII era.

The Cougars, which has won 32-of-37 games, have been victorious in 186 games since the turn of the Century (16 years) and 428 in school history.

Northwest Missouri State (15-0), which defeated on North Alabama, 29-3, in the NCAA DII Championship on Saturday, finished number one with 30 first place votes and 750 poll points. North Alabama (11-2) was second with 720 points with Shepherd (W. Va., 13-1), third and Grand Valley State (Mich., 12-1), fourth followed by Ferris State (Mich., 12-3) in the number five spot with Harding (Ark., 13-1), sixth; California (Pa., 11-1), seventh; and Sioux Falls, eighth. The only other NSIC school in the top-25 was Minnesota Duluth (10-2) at 14th.

The Cougars were one of the most productive offense in the country at 511.3 yards per game, which ranked seventh in DII. The Cougars’ 6,647 yards in total offense was second nationally (Colorado Mines, 7,369).  USF also ranked third in rushing offense with 308.1 yards per game with its total of 4,005, a school record. The Cougars were also 17th in scoring (39.0) and 19th in scoring defense at 19.6 ppg.

AFCA Coaches Poll – FINAL
(Ranking, team, first place votes, poll points, previous ranking)
1. Northwest Missouri State (30), 15-0, 750, 1
2. North Alabama, 11-2, 720, 7
3. Shepherd (W. Va.), 13-1, 675, 3
4. Grand Valley State (Mich.), 12-1, 631, 2
5. Ferris State (Mich.), 12-3, 629, 15
6. Harding (Ark.), 13-1, 600, 5
7. California (Pa.), 11-1, 577, 6
8. Sioux Falls, 12-1, 547, 4
9. Texas A&M Commerce, 10-2, 457, 8
10. Emporia State (Kan.), 11-2, 437, 9
11. LIU-Post (N.Y.), 12-1, 436, 10
12. Indiana (Pa.), 10-2, 422, 11
13. North Carolina-Pembroke, 10-2, 400, 12
14. Minnesota Duluth, 10-2, 282, 13
15. Colorado School of Mines, 10-3, 276, 21
16. Newberry (S.C.), 10-2, 219, 14
17. North Greenville (S.C.), 9-5, 201, NR
18. Valdosta State (Ga.), 8-3, 199, 19
19. Ashland (Ohio), 9-2, 189, 16
20. Tuskegree (Ala.), 9-3, 162, NR
21. Central Missouri, 9-3, 158, 20
22. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 10-2, 148, 17
23. Fairmont State (W. Va.), 10-2, 136, 18
24. Midwestern State (Texas), 8-3, 110, 22
25. Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 9-3, 104, 24T

Dropped Out: Florida Tech (23), Colorado Mesa (24t), Assumption (Mass.) (25).

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado Mesa, 89; Florida Tech, 87; Assumption (Mass.), 55; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 34; Virginia St., 10; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 4; Edinboro (Pa.), 3; Notre Dame (Ohio), 2; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 1.

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