For the first time in over four years, the Tarleton Texans are a national top-25 football team according to the American Football Coaches Association. Tarleton took over the No. 25 spot in the latest national poll Monday morning.

Tarleton started receiving national votes in the poll since defeating Delta State 44-13 in the season opener and finally received enough to crack the rankings following Saturday's 35-13 thumping of UT Permian Basin in Stephenville. Tarleton is 3-0 on the season and received 80 vote points in the poll, which is nine behind Colorado Mesa at No. 24.

The Texans are one of three Lone Star Conference teams ranked in the AFCA national poll, joining Midwestern State at No. 5 and Texas A&M-Commerce at No. 9.

This marks the fifth different season that Tarleton has been ranked under head coach Todd Whitten. The ninth-year leader of the Texans led Tarleton to its first national ranking in 2001 and took them as high as No. 6 in the nation during the 2002 season. This is the 87th week in Tarleton's NCAA history the Texans have been ranked.

Tarleton will head to San Angelo Saturday for a road test against the Angelo State Rams at LeGrand Field at 6 p.m. Angelo State is coming off a 57-36 loss to then-No. 7 Midwestern State in Wichita Falls last Saturday. Saturday's game will also mark the annual 'Coach to Cure MD' by the AFCA.

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