While three top 10 teams were being knocked off on the NCAA Division II football gridiron Saturday, Tarleton (7-0) was taking advantage.
Two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Travis Evans led the then No. 13 Texans past then No. 17 Midwestern State, 44-32. As a result, Tarleton has moved into the top 10 for the first time in five years.
Joining the Texans as a top 10 team from the Lone Star Conference is West Texas A&M (7-0) at No. 6. The LSC has the most schools in the top 25 of any conference in the nation with four, according to the new poll released Tuesday.
Abilene Christian is No. 12 this week, while Midwestern State has fallen to No. 23.
A shake-up in the polls is bound to come again this week, especially for the LSC teams. ACU hosts WT Saturday, in match-up that will also have a major impact on the South division and overall conference standings, as well as the NCAA rankings for the Southwest Region.
Other regional teams in the national top 25 include No. 3 Chadron State, No. 9 NW Missouri State, No. 20 Mesa State and No. 21 Pittsburg State.
Tarleton didn't make the top 10 in the D2Football.com media poll, but did continue its climb, moving from No. 14 to No. 12.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.