Midwestern State moved ahead three spots to No. 11 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday morning.
The Mustangs improved to 8-1 with a 49-41 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
MSU opens the Lone Star Conference Playoffs at home Saturday night against Eastern New Mexico. 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. 12 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 16 Colorado Mesa, No. 17 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 18 Indianapolis (Ind.), No. 21 Colorado Mines and No. 22 Michigan Tech.
West Georgia maintained its No. 1 ranking for the second straight week after beating Mississippi College 38-21. The Wolves received top billing on 25 of the 32 votes.
Northwest Missouri was voted No. 1 on six ballots after improving to 9-0 with a 24-10 win over Missouri Western on Saturday as the Bearcats are ranked second followed by three teams out of Super Region Four -- Ferris State, Colorado State-Pueblo and Ashland -- to round out the top five.
With a win, Midwestern State moves on to the LSC Playoff championship against the winner of the Texas A&M-Commerce/Angelo State matchup. The game will be played at the site of the higher seeded team.
Midwestern State remained third in the second edition of the Super Region Four rankings 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.
One more regional ranking is set to be released on Nov. 9th then the playoff field will be released via a selection show on Sunday, Nov. 15.
The Mustangs, who improved to 8-1 with a 49-41 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday at Memorial Stadium, would host their first postseason game since 2011 if the playoffs started today.
Ferris State (Mich.) (8-0) holds the No. 1 position and would receive an opening round bye while No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce (7-2) hosted No. 7 Indianapolis (Ind.) (8-0), MSU hosted Colorado State-Pueblo (8-1), and No. 4 Ashland (Ohio) hosted No. 5 Colorado Mesa (8-1). All first round games are set for Nov. 21.
Ferris State would play the Ashland/Colorado Mesa winner while the victors of the Texas A&M-Commerce/Indianapolis and MSU/Colorado State-Pueblo 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 opens the Lone Star Conference Playoffs by taking on Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
NCAA Division II Super Region Rankings
Nov. 2, 2015