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