Midwestern State fell four spots to No. 14 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday morning.
The Mustangs had their seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday taking a 27-14 loss to No. 11-ranked Texas A&M-Commerce on the road.
The loss was the first of the season for Midwestern which slipped to 7-1 on the season -- still the second best start in program history.
MSU takes on Texas A&M-Kingsville for Homecoming Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Mustangs are one of 10 ranked teams from Super Region Four joining No. 3 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 4 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 5 Ashland (Ohio), No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 9 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 12 Colorado Mines, No. 19 Colorado Mesa, No. 20 Indianapolis (Ind.) and No. 22 Michigan Tech.
The first of three NCAA Division II regional rankings are due to be released Monday afternoon. The top seven teams from each region advance to the postseason which begins Nov. 21 at campus locations.
West Georgia took over the top spot in the poll after rolling to a 31-10 win over No. 13 North Alabama last weekend to improve 8-0. The Wolves, who received 25 first-place votes, took over the No. 1 position after Minnesota State-Mankato suffered its first setback of the season by a 31-27 count to Winona State (Minn.).
Northwest Missouri State received six first-place votes to edge up to second followed by Ferris State, Colorado State and Ashland to round out the first five.
Midwestern State has clinched the No. 2 seed in the Lone Star Conference Playoffs and will host a semifinal contest on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Memorial Stadium.
Midwestern State opens the NCAA Division II Super Region Four rankings at No. 3 as released Monday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Football Committee.
The top seven teams in each region advances to postseason commencing on Nov. 21 at campus locations.
Two more regional rankings are set to be released on Nov. 2nd and 9th then the playoff field will be released via a selection show on Sunday, Nov. 15.
The Mustangs, who suffered their first loss of the season Saturday at Texas A&M-Commerce, would host their first postseason game since 2011 if the playoffs started today.
Ferris State (Mich.) (7-0) holds the No. 1 position and would receive an opening round bye while No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce (7-1) hosted No. 7 Indianapolis (Ind.) (7-0), MSU hosted Ashland (Ohio) (8-0), and No. 4 Grand Valley State (Mich.) (7-1) hosted No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo (7-1). All first round games are set for Nov. 21.
Ferris State would play the Grand Valley State/Colorado State-Pueblo winner while the victors of the Texas A&M-Commerce/Indianapolis and MSU/Ashland games would square off in the other regional semifinal on Nov. 28.
The semifinal winners advance to the regional final the weekend of Dec. 5 with the champion moving on to face the Super Region One titlist the following weekend.
The NCAA Division II Championship Game is set for Saturday, Dec. 19 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Midwestern State hosts Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night for Homecoming at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
NCAA Division II Super Region Rankings
Oct. 26, 2015