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Bemidji State football moves into national top 25 polls

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The undefeated Bemidji State football team is earning some national attention.

The Beavers are ranked No. 24 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Division II Poll and are No. 23 in the latest D2Football.com Top 25 Media Poll.

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The Beavers are recognized in both polls for the first time since Aug. 2007. The Beavers were ranked No. 19 in the AFCA Top 25 and were No. 20 in the D2Football.com preseason polls following the 2006 NSIC Championship season.

The Beavers are 3-0 (2-0 NSIC) this season and are the only undefeated team left in the conference. BSU shares first place with Minnesota State University, Mankato, Wayne State and Winona State after the first three weeks of the season.

Bemidji State started the season with a 27-0 win over Minot State, followed with a 30-27 overtime victory against then No. 16 Augustana and defeated Southwest Minnesota State 41-10 last Saturday night at Chet Anderson Stadium.

The Beavers ran for 437 yards and six touchdowns against the Mustangs. The 437 rushing yards were the most since the 453 yard program-record performance against Northwestern (Minn.) in 1989.

BSU currently has the No. 14 ranked total defense in Division II. The Beavers rushing defense ranks No. 5 in the country with an average of 52 yards allowed per game. The Beavers rank No. 15 in the country in turnover margin with eight takeaways (six interceptions) and four giveaways for a 1.33 margin per game.

The Beavers are home again this weekend to face defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth at Chet Anderson Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs (2-1 overall, 1-1 NSIC) are coming off a 7-0 loss on the road at Wayne State last week. UMD lost its No. 1 ranking in the AFCA poll and dropped to No. 11.

It was UMD's first loss in 17 games and ended its conference winning streak at 31 games. The Bulldogs are 44-3 over its last 47 games.

The Bulldogs lost was not the only upset in Saturday's conference games.

Augustana, the NSIC coaches preseason pick to win the NSIC South, fell to 0-3 on the season after losing to U-Mary 10-0 in Bismarck, N.D.

St. Cloud State lost on the road to Winona 26-10. The Huskies fell from No. 9 to No. 18 in the AFCA poll.

At least one team will drop from the ranks of the NSIC unbeaten Saturday. Winona State travels to MSU, Mankato and Wayne State hosts Southwest Minnesota State.

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