WACO, Texas – The final American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' Poll of the 2013 season was released on Monday. Wisconsin-Whitewater moved up four spots to No. 1 after the Warhawks defeated previous-No. 1 Mount Union, 52-14, in the Stagg Bowl.
Gallaudet University received one vote in the final poll. This is the first time in school history the Bison finished a season listed on the final AFCA coaches' poll. Outside the Top 25 teams listed in the final poll only 16 teams received votes.
The Bison made its first appearance in the AFCA coaches' poll on Nov. 11 when they were ranked No. 25 heading into the regular-season finale at SUNY Maritime.
Gallaudet finished the 2013 season with a 9-2 record and a 6-1 mark in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play. The Bison won their first ECFC championship since the conference formed in 2009. GU won nine games to start the season, the best start to a season in program history, and carried an 11-game winning streak, the longest in team history, into the final game of the regular season. The team played 11 games this season, which sets another team record.
The Bison made their first NCAA tournament appearance and faced No. 7 Hobart College on the road and lost the first round game, 34-7, on Nov. 23. The Statesmen (10-1) lost in the second round to St. John Fisher, 27-6. Hobart finished No. 11 in the final AFCA coaches' poll.
Gallaudet's appearance in the NCAA tournament was the first for any men's team sport in Bison history.
About the AFCA poll
In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division III coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll in 1999.
Prior to 1999, there were no coaches' polls for any NCAA divisions other than Football Bowl Subdivision. The NCAA had published a regional poll for Division III prior to 1999, but discontinued the poll because of changes in the selection process for the Division III playoffs that took effect in 1999.
The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the 16-team playoff tournament. But in 1999, the Division III playoffs expanded to 28 teams and the regional format was no longer used.
The Division III poll follows the same basic format as the USA Today Coaches' Poll. The 2013 Division III Board of Coaches will have 42 voters, representing all Division III conferences. For more information about the AFCA please visit its website at www.afca.com.