Midwestern State remained at No. 8 in the latest Super Region Four Rankings
released Monday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Football Committee.
The Mustangs have won seven consecutive games heading into a crucial showdown with West Texas A&M Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium in Canyon. The Buffs stayed at No. 5 after claiming their eight straight win Saturday at North Georgia.
If the season ended today, MSU would miss out on its third postseason bid over the past four years 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 team 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.
Ashland (Ohio) (9-0) took over the top spot moving head of Colorado State-Pueblo (9-0) followed by Chadron State (Colo.) (7-2), Indianapolis (Ind.) (7-2), West Texas A&M (8-1), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) (7-2), Missouri S&T (8-1), MSU, Grand Valley State (Mich.) (7-2) and New Mexico Highlands (7-2).
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.
Interestingly, the top seven ranked teams in Super Region Four all hail from different states. Overall, eight states are represented in the region rankings with two coming from the states of Texas and Michigan.
Super Region IV Rankings
1. Ashland (OH) 9-0
2. CSU-Pueblo 9-0
3. Chadron St. (NE) 7-2
4. Indianapolis (IN) 7-2
5. West Texas A&M 8-1
6. Saginaw Valley St. (MI) 7-2
7. Missouri S&T 8-1
8. Midwestern State 7-1
9. Grand Valley St. 7-2
10. NM Highlands 7-2
Midwestern State continued its slow trek up the American Football Coaches' Division
II Coaches' Top 25 Poll, moving up one more spot to No. 10 Monday
The Mustangs extended their winning streak to seven games, turning in a dominating 51-28 performance over Eastern New Mexico last Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The victory sets up a showdown for the Lone Star Conference championship Saturday at West Texas A&M. The Buffs, who claimed an eighth straight victory to improve to 8-1 last weekend at West Georgia, moved up two spots to No. 12.
MSU and WT are the LSC's lone representatives in the rankings which include 11 teams from Super Region Four, composed of the LSC, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC), Great Lakes Valley Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Colorado State-Pueblo retained its No. 1 ranking while improving to 9-0 with a 48-10 win over Colorado Mesa, while No. 5 Ashland (Ohio) also remained perfect at 9-0 doubling up Findlay (Ohio) 42-21.
Grand Valley State (Mich.) jumped ahead four spots to 19th with a 42-23 victory over then-No. 24 Hillsdale (Mich.) while Indianapolis (Ind.), Missouri S&T, Chadron State (Neb.), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), New Mexico Highlands and Hillsdale (Mich.) are all receiving votes.
MSU has received mention in 80 of the last 81 polls dating back to the 2006 season.
The Mustangs and Buffs square of Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium in Canyon. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.