Who needs to play to move up in the national polls?

Tarleton State's national football ranking has improved one spot in the American Football Coaches Association poll, going from No. 17 to No. 16. In the D2Football.com media poll, the Texans have jumped from No. 21 to No. 17. Tarleton is now a consensus top 20 team, as the Texans are No. 7 in the College Sports Report poll released earlier this week.

The Lone Star Conference is represented by four schools in the AFCA's top 25, second only the South Atlantic Conference with five. The Gulf South, North Central and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conferences all have three each. Eighteen of the top 25 schools are from one of these four leagues.

The LSC has the most representatives in the Southwest Region, which also incldues the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Joining Tarleton from the LSC in the AFCA poll are No. 12 West Texas A&M, No. 14 Midwestern State and No. 18 Abilene Christian. In the D2Football.com poll, WTAMU is in the top 10 at No. 9, MSU is No. 14 and ACU is No. 21.