DURANT — For the first time since the 2007 season, Southeastern Oklahoma State returns to the national rankings, debuting at No. 23 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Poll released on Monday.


The move into the poll comes after a 5-0 start to the season, matching the team’s best start since the 1988 season.


The Savage Storm are coming off a 30-27 win when a Joel Carlos 32-yard field goal in the final seconds lifted the team to a road victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State.


SE picked up 105 points in the poll and check in one spot ahead of Great American Conference rival Arkansas Tech, which slips to 24th following a loss.


Southeastern takes on Southwestern Oklahoma State for Homecoming at 2 p.m. on Saturday on Paul Laird Field.