BattleWings Return to top five in Coaches' Poll
CHICAGO - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers have maintained the No. 1 ranking of the Weekly Coaches Poll for the seventh straight week, the arenafootball2 (af2) league office announced today. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton collected all 464 possible points and 29-of-30 first place votes in securing the top position. The Pioneers, who are the only undefeated team in the league at 8-0, are coming off a bye week in Week 10. The BattleWings will play the Pioneers on July 21st.
The South Georgia Wildcats (7-2, 389 points), who defeated the BattleWings by fourteen points two weekends ago, took over the No. 2 position this week after a 46-44 home win Saturday against Corpus Christi. This week the Wildcats host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night in Albany, Ga. in a battle of the top two ranked teams in the league. Tulsa (8-1, 388 points) improved two positions from No. 5 to No. 3 after the Talons won at Manchester, 75-50. Rio Grande Valley (7-1, 379 points, 1 first place vote) slipped two spots despite being idle in Week 10. The Dorados' only loss of the season came at the hands of the BattleWings. Bossier-Shreveport rounds out the Top-5 this week. The Battle Wings (7-2, 328 points) moved up one spot from No. 6 after scoring a 64-21 win at Texas. The Wings' next opponents, the Alabama Steeldogs, are ranked #13. The Wings will play them Friday night in Birmingham. The Arkansas Twisters, the only other team to defeat the Wings in 2007, are ranked #7. The twisters will play in Bossier City on July 7.*
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.
*The #7 Twisters will play the BattleWings on 7/7/07 at 7:00pm. It will be the 7th home game of the Wings' 7th season.
Week 11 Top 15:
1) W-B/Scranton, 464 (29)
2) South Georgia, 389
3) Tulsa, 388
4) Rio Gra. Valley, 379 (1)
5) Bossier-Shrev., 328
6) Florida, 309
7) Arkansas, 296
8) Oklahoma City, 216
9) Spokane, 213
10) Louisville, 208
11) Quad City, 189
12) Green Bay, 128
13) Alabama, 99
14) Tri-Cities, 97
15) Bakersfield, 92
16) Central Valley, 81
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