Midwestern State dropped one spot to No. 4 in the final regular season edition of the Super Region Four rankings released Monday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Football Committee.
The playoff is set to be released Sunday afternoon via selection show on NCAA.com.
The top seven teams in each region advances to postseason commencing on Nov. 21 at campus locations.
The Mustangs moved to 9-1 with a 26-21 win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, but dropped due to a change in heart by the committee.
MSU boasts the toughest strength of schedule of any team in Super Region Four and has played more teams above .500 at seven. The Mustangs are 7-1 in those with another pending in the Lone Star Conference Postseason Championship Game Saturday against Texas A&M-Commerce.
Ferris State (9-0) maintains the top spot after edging Northern Michigan 49-39, while Ashland, who moved ahead two spots to No. 2, polished off a 10-0 regular season with 40-14 drubbing of Northern Michigan.
Texas A&M-Commerce (8-1), a 36-35 winner over Angelo State, dropped one place to No. 3 followed by MSU at No. 4.
Colorado State-Pueblo (9-1) bumped ahead one spot to No. 5 with a 51-20 win over Colorado Mesa (8-2), who fell from No. 5 to No. 8.
Indianapolis (Ind.) (9-0) rolled past Missouri S&T 38-14 to jump ahead a place to No. 6 just ahead of Grand Valley State (Mich.) (8-2) which improved a place after taking a 49-42 win over Tiffin (Ohio).
Colorado Mines (7-3) and Michigan Tech (6-3) round out the rankings at Nos. 9 and 10.
If the postseason started today, Ferris State would receive an opening round bye while No. 2 Ashland hosted No. 7 Grand Valley State, No. 3 Texas A&M-Commerce hosted No. 6 Indianapolis, and No. 4 Midwestern State hosted No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo. All first round games are set for Nov. 21.
Ferris State would play the Midwestern State/Colorado State-Pueblo winner while the victors of the Ashland/Grand Valley State and Texas A&M-Commerce/Indianapolis 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.
NCAA Division II Super Region Rankings
Nov. 9, 2015
Midwestern State edged ahead one spot to No. 10 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday morning.
The jump sets up MSU's third game this season to feature the 10th- and 11th-ranked teams in the poll.
The Mustangs, then at No. 11, defeated 10th-ranked Humboldt State on Oct. 17 at the Memorial Stadium, then a week later MSU fell 27-14 to No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce.
On Saturday, 10th-ranked MSU and 11th-ranked Texas A&M-Commerce square off at A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium for the second time this season. This time to decide the LSC Playoff Championship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Mustangs improved to 9-1 for the third time in school history claiming a 26-21 comeback win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Midwestern is one of eight ranked teams from Super Region Four joining No. 2 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 3 Ashland (Ohio), No. 4 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 13 Indianapolis (Ind.), No. 14 Grand Valley State (Mich.) and No. 21 Colorado Mesa.
Michigan Tech is receiving votes.
Northwest Missouri took over the top spot with a 44-10 win over then-No. 14 Emporia State (Kan.), while former West Georgia dropped to No. 7 after taking a 28-26 loss to Florida Tech.
The Bearcats maintain a slim edge over a trio of Super Region Four teams as Ferris State (2 first-place votes), Ashland (1 first-place vote) and Colorado State-Pueblo are ranked Nos. 2-4, respectively.
Shepherd (W. Va.) jumped in at No. 5 improving to 9-0 with a 41-14 win over Fairmont State (W. Va.).