For the first time since dropping its first game under fourth-year head coach Cary Fowler, Tarleton State is back in the national football rankings.

The Texans broke through at No. 25 in the American Football Coaches Association poll, released Tuesday. They garnered 58 votes after earning their first 2-0 start under Fowler. Tarleton is on a five-game win streak dating back to last season.

Midwestern State, which dropped its season opener to Tarleton in the Lone Star Football Festival, moved up two spots to No. 23. West Texas A&M, the only other Lone Star Conference team in the top 25, remains No. 4. Texas A&M-Kingsville received 38 votes, falling two spots shy of the top 25.

The Texans face a tough task in trying to remain unbeaten this week. They face longtime rival Abilene Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday at Frisco's Toyota Stadium.

ACU (3-1) is in its first season as a member of the NCAA Division I's Football Championship Subdivision, and is playing as an independent on its way to eventually becoming a full-fledge member of the Southland Conference.