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Fever back in Poll

CHICAGO, Il. - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers have maintained the No. 1 ranking of the Weekly Coaches Poll for the sixth straight week, the arenafootball2 (af2) league office announced today. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton collected 461 of a possible 464 points and 27-of-30 first place votes in securing the top position. The Pioneers, who are the only undefeated team in the league at 8-0, scored a convincing 71-46 home win in Week 9 against Albany.  

The Rio Grande Valley Dorados (7-1, 396 points, 2 first place votes) took over the No. 2 position this week after a 49-44 home win Saturday against Amarillo. Also moving up in the ranks is South Georgia and Arkansas. The Wildcats (6-2, 393 points) and Twisters (6-2, 364 points) each moved up two spots to No. 3 and No. 4 overall, respectively. South Georgia earned added respect for its 60-46 road win at Bossier-Shreveport, who entered Week 9 tied at No. 3 in the poll. Arkansas was also impressive with its 36-19 road win at Tulsa, handing the No. 2 Talons their first loss of 2007. Tulsa (7-1, 357 points, 1 first place vote) slipped to No. 5 overall.

Each week during the season af2 coaches will vote for the Top 16 teams in the league by ranking them one through 16 on a ballot.  Teams ranked first receive 16 points with the point value decreasing by one for each place below first, meaning a team ranked 16th would receive one point. Total points will determine the Top 16 list.  In the event of a tie in total points, the team with the greater number of first-place votes will be ranked higher. The af2 Coaches Poll will be announced every Wednesday during the regular season. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team and the poll ­results have no bearing on postseason qualification.

The complete Top 16 is listed below.  The number in parentheses indicates the number of first place votes the team received. 

  WEEK 10 TOP 16

RANK

TEAM

PTS

1

W-B/Scranton 

461 (27)

2

Rio Gra. Valley

396 (2)

3

South Georgia

393

4

Arkansas

364

5

Tulsa

357 (1)

6

Bossier-Shrev.

286

7

Florida

285

8

Spokane

197

9

Alabama

180

10

Oklahoma City

169

11

Quad City

166

12

Tri-Cities

165

13

Green Bay

163

14

Louisville

122

15

Manchester

101

16

Bakersfield

84

  

About af2

In Week 10 of its eighth season with 30 member teams, af2 serves as a vehicle to bring Arena Football into small to midsize cities and as a developmental league with an unmatched history of sending players, coaches and officials to major professional football leagues each year.  af2 operates under the same Mission Statement and Fans' Bill of Rights as the Arena Football League, which is currently in its 21st season. Log on to www.af2.com for more information.

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