The Top 10 of DII football dominated Week 8. With No. 10 MSU Texas idle, the remaining nine teams went 9-0 and outscored their opponents 339-189. Those strong performances led to little change toward the top of the poll.

However, there is still plenty to note in the Week 8 AFCA poll. With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the postseason picture is starting to take shape. These are the teams who are now on watch for a title run come November.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Minnesota State (30) 8-0 821 1
2 Ferris State 8-0 768 2
3 West Georgia 8-0 755 3
4 Ouachita Baptist 8-0 678 4
5 Minnesota Duluth 8-0 670 5
6 Colorado School of Mines 8-0 646 6
7 Valdosta State 8-0 630 7
8 Tarleton State 7-0 582 9
9 Grand Valley State 7-1 541 8
10 MSU Texas 6-1 524 10
11 Northwest Missouri State 7-1 513 11
12 West Chester 7-0 459 12
13 Colorado State-Pueblo 7-1 414 13
14 Notre Dame (OH) 8-0 406 14
15 Kutztown 7-0 342 15
16 Indianapolis 6-1 338 16
17 Tiffin 8-0 303 17
18 Texas A&M-Commerce 6-2 241 18
19 LIU Post 7-0 237 20
20 Central Washington 6-2 175 21
21 Southern Arkansas 7-1 171 22
22 Indiana (Pa) 6-2 109 23
23 Harding 6-2 95 24
24 Lenoir-Rhyne 7-1 83 NR
25 Hillsdale 7-1 47 NR

The DII football top 10 remains the same, almost

There was almost no change within the top 10. No. 1 Minnesota State continues its strong run. The Mavericks last regular-season loss came almost two years ago, on Oct. 29, 2016, to Sioux Falls. Their only loss during that span was in the playoffs last season to the eventual national champion Texas A&M-Commerce Lions. With the Mavericks three remaining opponents having a combined 10-14 record, they have as good a chance as any to run the table.

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The only change in the top 10 was that No. 8 Tarleton State and No. 9 Grand Valley State flip-flopped from Week 7. Davenport gave the Lakers everything they could handle, and it took a 53-yard touchdown reception in the final two minutes by star wide receiver Nick Dodson to get Grand Valley State past the Panthers. Tarleton State just continues to roll, this week putting up 59 points. It sets up an exciting top 10 matchup with MSU Texas this week that has tremendous Lone Star Conference implications.