Pack moves into the top ten

CSU-Pueblo eclipses top ten first first time since it was an NAIA school in 1980s.


Related: AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll (Oct. 17, 2011)


WACO, Tex. (GoThunderWolves.com - Oct. 17, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo moved into the top ten in the NCAA Division II national rankings for the first time in school history Monday, receiving a ranking of 8th in the latest AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll.

It is the highest ever ranking in a Division II poll in ThunderWolves history and the first time CSU-Pueblo has been ranked in the top ten since the close of the 1982 season, when it was ranked fifth nationally after its first and only playoff-qualifying season.  At that time, CSU-Pueblo was an NAIA school.

The ThunderWolves rose to this level by defeating then-fourth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney 27-14 in Kearney, improving to 7-0 on the season in the process.  CSU-Pueblo now has an 11-game win streak (dating back to last season), and is tied for the longest win streak in all of NCAA Division II with Washburn (Kan.), which is ranked third in the country this week. 

After losing, Nebraska-Kearney fell all the way to 13th this week.  The only other RMAC school to appear in the poll is Colorado School of Mines, which "received votes" in the poll.

CSU-Pueblo is currently one of just seven undefeated teams in all of NCAA Division II, and is currently the only undefeated team in Super Region 3 (which comprises the RMAC, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference). 

The ThunderWolves are gunning for their all-time best ranking of third in the nation, which is where it was after an undefeated 8-0 start to the 1980 season.