Midwestern State stands ninth in the latest Super Region Four rankings released Monday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Football Committee.
The Mustangs (7-2) suffered a 40-21 loss at Eastern New Mexico to snap a seven-game winning streak and set up a showdown with West Texas A&M in the regular season finale at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
The Buffaloes (8-2) moved up two spots to No. 7 after whipping West Georgia 63-23 Saturday night in Canyon.
Colorado State-Pueblo (10-0) continues to op the rankings followed by Ohio Dominican (9-0), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) (9-1), Indianapolis (Ind.) (9-1), Grand Valley State (Mich.) (8-2), Tarleton State (Texas) (7-2), West Texas A&M, Chadron State (Neb.) (8-2), MSU and Ferris State (Mich.) (7-3).
If the playoffs started today, Colorado State-Pueblo and Ohio Dominican would receive first-round byes while Tarleton State would travel to Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State would play at Indianapolis.
The TSU/SVSU winner would move on to face Ohio Dominican and the UIndy/GVSU victory would advance to play Colorado State-Pueblo.
The 2013 NCAA Division II playoff field will be released next Sunday.
NCAA Division II Super Region Rankings
Nov. 11, 2013
Midwestern State dropped 12 spots but maintained a spot in the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll at No. 24 as released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs saw their seven-game winning streak fall by the wayside with a 40-21 defeat Saturday at Eastern New Mexico. It was their first loss to the Greyhounds since 2001 snapping a run of 11 consecutive victories in the series.
Midwestern State closes the regular Saturday afternoon against rival and 25th-ranked West Texas A&M, which rolled to a 63-23 win over West Georgia Saturday night in Canyon.
The Mustangs are one of 10 teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 8 Ohio Dominican, No. 11 Indianapolis (Ind.), No. 15 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and No. 25 West Texas A&M.
Chadron State (Neb.), Tarleton State (Texas), Colorado Mines and Grand Valley State (Mich.) are receiving votes.
MSU has received at least one vote in 94 of the last 95 polls dating back to the 2006 season.