The Fort Hays State University football team continued its ascent in the latest AFCA NCAA Division II Poll, released Monday. The Tigers moved up three more spots, now in the top 10 at No. 8. Fort Hays State is out to a 6-0 start on the season after pulling out a thrilling 21-17 win over Pittsburg State on homecoming Saturday at Lewis Field Stadium.
The Tigers now are approaching their highest ranking ever in an official NCAA Division II Poll. The highest mark was a No. 6 ranking in the Sept.16 poll of 1996, organized by the NCAA Football Committee at that time. The AFCA Poll did not take over as the official poll until 2000. This is the highest ranking for the Tigers since holding the No. 8 ranking in the preseason poll of the 1996 season.
Continuing their rise in the poll will not be easy for the Tigers with a 5-1 Washburn team coming to Hays this weekend. The Ichabods remain among the top receiving vote teams in the poll. Northwest Missouri State continued its reign at No. 1 with a 36th consecutive victory. The two-time defending national champs defeated Central Oklahoma 17-10 Saturday. FHSU and Northwest Missouri are 6-0, with Washburn one game back in third place in the MIAA standings. Central Missouri is also receiving votes in the poll, with its two losses to Fort Hays State and Northwest Missouri.