Midwestern State moved ahead one more spot to No. 11 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Top 25 Poll released Monday morning.
The Mustangs came from behind for the third consecutive to extend their winning streak to six games with a 35-31 victory Saturday afternoon over Abilene Christian to improve to 6-1.
MSU is one of 10 teams from the newly formed Super Region Four which now includes the Lone Star Conference, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) to receive mention in the poll.
Colorado State-Pueblo remained at No. 1 after claiming a 45-13 win over Black Hills State (S.D.) while Ashland (Ohio) maintained its No. 6 ranking with a 31-7 victory over Malone (Ohio).
West Texas A&M advanced three spots to No. 14 rolling to its seventh consecutive win taking a 44-21 decision at Eastern New Mexico, while Grand Valley State (Mich.) moved up one spot to No. 23 with a 42-28 win over Northwood (Mich.).
Hillsdale (Mich.) jumped into the poll at No. 24 after doubling up then-No. 15 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 34-17.
Wayne State (Mich.), Indianapolis (Ind.), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and Missouri S&T are all receiving votes.
MSU has received mention in 79 of the last 80 polls dating back to the 2006 season.
The Mustangs play host to Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State quarterback Brandon Kelsey was selected as a Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Abilene Christian last Saturday.
The signal caller of the Mustangs' Pony Express, Kelsey led No. 12 Midwestern State to a 35-31 victory at ACU by running for 141 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. The 24 points equals the most scored in the Lone Star Conference this season.
The MSU quarterback also completed 12-of-16 passes for 121 yards in the contest as he directed the Mustangs attack to their sixth straight win and their third 500-yard game of the season. Kelsey jumped to seventh on the MSU career rushing charts with 1,908 yards and is seventh on the MSU career scoring list with 156 points.
Kelsey was joined by West Texas A&M running back Khiry Robinson as the offensive player. Robinson rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns in WT's 44-21 win at Eastern New Mexico.
WT defensive end Ethan Westbrooks and Texas A&M-Kingsville linebacker Mark Savere shared the league's defensive player honors, while TAMUK's Jonathan Woodson was honored as special teams player of the week for his 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Tarleton State.
Midwestern State is ranked No. 8 in the first Super Region Four Rankings released Monday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Football Committee.
The Mustangs would be sitting on the outside looking in if the playoffs today as the top two teams receive opening round byes while the No. 6 team travels to the site of the No. 3 team and the No. 5 teams plays at No. 4.
The playoff field will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 11 with the opening round commencing the following weekend at campus sites.
Midwestern is riding a six-game winning streak into this weekend's game against Eastern New Mexico at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Colorado State-Pueblo tops the rankings with an 8-0 mark followed by Ashland (Ohio) (8-0), Chadron State (Neb.) (6-2), Indianapolis (Ind.) (6-2), West Texas A&M (7-1), Hillsdale (Mich.) (6-2), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) (6-2), MSU (6-1), Wayne State (Mich.) (5-2) and New Mexico Highlands (6-2).
The sprawling, newly formed Super Region Four consists of the Texas-based Lone Star Conference, the Colorado/New Mexico-based Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the Michigan/Ohio-based Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Kentucky/Indiana/Illinois-based Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Led by sizzling even-par 72 rounds from Kendra Whittley and Brenna Moore, the Midwestern State Mustangs share the first round lead of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate at the Fort Sill Golf Club in Lawton.
The Mustangs, ranked seventh in the latest GolfStat rankings and 18th in the latest Golf World/WGCA coaches poll, posted a team score of 295 to match Tarleton State, who is ranked ninth in GolfStat and eighth in the coaches poll.
Host Cameron is third at 301, while Central Oklahoma (12th in coaches poll, 16th in GolfStat) is fourth at 302.
"The girls played well today," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "We've tried to get in position to take that next step with our team and this is a great way to do it."
Moore, a sophomore from Burkburnett, picked up birdies on two of the last four holes played and just missed a birdie putt to close the round at even-par.
Whittley, a senior from Wall, opened with a bogey, but quickly settled in to join the tie for second at even with Moore, Tarleton's Jacqueline Lau and Western Texas' Stephanie Bertelsen.
UCO's Taylor Neidy fired a 2-under 70 on the par 72, 5,921-yard Fort Sill course to lead individually.
"They both came through in tough conditions," Ray added. "Kendra and Brenna played well."
Ray noted that the tournament opened in windy conditions, but then added rain and higher winds midway through the round before giving way to beautiful conditions with three holes left.
"The team showed a lot of maturity through the weather. They really stayed in focus," Ray said.
The Mustangs have two others in the top 20 after the first round as Lindsay Burkhart posted a 3-over 75 for 13th and Lauren Romines carded a 4-over 76 for 16th. Taylor Klutts turned in a 7-over 79.
MSU also has a pair of individuals playing in the tournament. Kynze Mann is through one round at 24 with a 5-over 77 and Brittany Smith is 28th after an 6-over 78.
The final round of the last fall tournament for the Mustangs is Tuesday.