WACO, Texas — The American Football Coaches Association released its final Top 25 Poll for the 2017 season Monday. Fort Hays State University remained in the top 10 in the final poll, taking the No. 8 spot in the poll at season's end. The Tigers went into the NCAA Division II Playoffs undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the nation before finishing the year at 11-1.
The two teams from Super Region 3 that advanced farther than FHSU in the NCAA playoffs, Ferris State and Harding, jumped over FHSU in the final poll. Ferris State (11-2) was No. 10 going into the playoffs and finished at No. 5, while Harding (11-4) was unranked and made a run all the way to the national semifinals to finish at No. 6.
West Florida, the national runner-up and champion of Super Region 2, finished No. 2 in the final poll after entering the playoffs unranked. The Argonauts finished the year 11-4. Texas A&M-Commerce, this year's Division II national champion, entered the playoffs at No. 8 in the nation and jumped all the way to No. 1. The Lions finished at 14-1 overall.
Fort Hays State saw its best season in program history come to a close in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs in a 31-21 loss at home to Ferris State. The Tigers recorded their best regular season ever by going 11-0 (topping the 7-0 season by the 1917 team that did not play a postseason), running the table in an 11-game MIAA schedule. That produced their first-ever MIAA championship in football.
Six of the seven teams in the NCAA playoffs from Super Region 3 finished in the Top 25 of the poll. Outside of Ferris State, Harding and Fort Hays State, Ashland finished at No. 10, Indianapolis finished at No. 13, and Northwest Missouri State finished at No. 16.