After falling to Florida A&M University on Saturday, the University of West Florida football team dropped a few spots in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll, which was released Monday.
The Argos are now ranked No. 7 in the country. – where UWF began the season in the preseason polls. Before the loss, the Argos had steadily climbed the standings for two weeks after dominating wins against Kentucky Wesleyan College and McKendree University.
UWF received 564 points with Grand Valley State, which is now ranked No. 6, earning 568 points. The Argos are just ahead of Gulf South Conference rival Delta State, which held onto the No. 8 spot with 555 points.
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UWF and Delta State are the only GSC programs inside the Top 25. However, Valdosta State is right around the corner with 34 points in the poll. The Blazers are just behind No. 25 Central Missouri, which received 35 points. The University of West Georgia received 11 votes this week.
The top five teams in the poll are No. 1 Ferris State (740 points), No. 2 Colorado School of Mines (726 points), No. 3 Pittsburg State (687 points), No. 4 Ouachita Baptist ( 622 points) and No. 5 Minnesota State (590 points). Ferris State received 23 first-place votes despite falling to Division I Montana on Saturday, while CSOM received seven first-place votes.
The Argos fell 31-10 at FAMU on Saturday after the Rattlers opened the second half with three consecutive scoring drives in the third quarter. UWF simply couldn’t catch up after losing momentum on some drives. The Argos’ only touchdown was a pass over the middle from Peewee Jarrett to Caden Leggett for a 23-yard pass after Leggett broke a tackle and sneaked into the end zone.
Griffin Cerra recorded his first field goal of the season in the second quarter with a 31-yard kick between the uprights.
UWF begins conference play on Saturday, and will only face GSC opponents for the remainder of the regular season, with a 6 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Pen Air Field against West Georgia.
West Georgia, which recently announced it will make the jump to Division I in the 2024-25 season, is coming off a 38-35 win at Mississippi College. The Wolves are 2-1 (1-0 GSC).
Ben Grieco is a sports reporter for the Pensacola News Journal. He can be reached at X (@BenGriecoSports) and by email at BGrieco@gannett.com.
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