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Muleriders enter national rankings as No. 25 team

By Staff Report
This article was published September 11, 2018 at 9:20 a.m.

After an impressive 38-0 win over Arkansas Tech to start the season and a 28-23 victory over seventh-ranked Harding in Searcy on Sunday, the Southern Arkansas Muleriders are nationally ranked at No. 25 in the American Football Coaches Association’s Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll which was released on Monday.

The Muleriders are back in the national spotlight for the first time since being ranked No. 22 nationally in last season’s AFCA DII Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll. SAU, with two games played, boasts the GAC’s best scoring defense (11.5 ppg) and top total defense (273.5 ypg).

Additionally, they own the league’s third-best scoring offense (33.0 ppg) and the sixth-best total offense (380.5 ypg).

SAU prepares for a road trip to Oklahoma on Saturday, where they will play a 6 p.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma State (1-1) .

Harding (1-1) sipped to No. 21 in the poll, while the Ouachita Baptist Tigers have climbed to No. 14 in the rankings.

SAU, OBU and Oklahoma Baptist are both 2-0 on the season and in league play.

UAM, Harding, Henderson State, Southeastern Oklahoma, Southern Nazarene and Southwestern Oklahoma State are all 1-1, while Arkansas Tech, East Central Oklahoma and Northwestern Oklahoma State are winless in league action so far at 0-2.

Games scheduled for this week are Arkansas Tech at Oklahoma Baptist, Harding at Southern Nazarene, OBU at Southeastern Oklahoma, Henderson State at Northwestern Oklahoma and UAM at East Central Oklahoma.

All games, except two, will start at 6 p.m. Tech at Oklahoma Baptist and Harding at Southern Nazarene will kickoff at 1 p.m.

AFCA Division II Coaches Poll

Record Pts Pvs

  1. Texas A&M-Commerce (26) 2-0 812 1

  2. Minnesota St. 2-0 780 3

  3. Indiana (Pa.) 2-0 722 4

  4. Northwest Missouri St. 2-0 719 6

  5. Grand Valley St. 2-0 684 8

  6. Ferris St. 2-0 658 9

  7. Midwestern St. 2-0 656 10

  8. West Alabama 2-0 558 11

  9. Colorado St.-Pueblo 2-0 531 12

  10. West Georgia 2-0 485 13

  11. Winona St. 2-0 470 15

  12. Ohio Dominican 2-0 391 17

  13. West Florida 1-1 384 2

  14. Ouachita Baptist 2-0 326 19

  15. Central Washington 1-1 304 16

  16. Minnesota-Duluth 2-0 259 24

  17. Fort Hays St. 1-1 245 5

  18. West Chester 2-0 206 23

  19. Colorado Mesa 2-0 201 25

  20. Central Missouri 1-1 199 21

  21. Harding 1-1 182 7

  22. Indianapolis 1-1 169 22

  23. Pittsburg St. 2-0 126 NR

  24. Sioux Falls 1-1 112 14

  25. SAU 2-0 92 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado School of Mines 67; Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 64; Valdosta St. (Ga.) 63; Notre Dame (Ohio) 54; Findlay (Ohio) 35; Tarleton St. (Texas) 31; Florida Tech 24; Kutztown (Pa.) 20; Wingate (N.C.) 19; Ashland (Ohio) 16; Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 16; Shippensburg (Pa.) 13; Shepherd (W.Va.) 12; Fairmont St. (W.Va.) 1; Edinboro (Pa.) 3; Emporia St. (Kan.) 3; Texas A&M-Kingsville 2; Missouri Western St. 1.

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