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.