MSU Football Rankings

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

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

Super Region 1
1Shepherd (W. Va.)9-09-0
2Bowie State (Md.)9-09-0
3Charleston (W. Va.)9-19-1
4Slippery Rock (Pa.)9-19-1
5Assumption (Mass.)9-19-1
6Indiana (Pa.)7-27-2
7Virginia Union8-18-1
8Calfornia (Pa.)7-37-3
9New Haven (Conn.)7-37-3
10Glenville State (W. Va.)7-37-3
Super Region 2
1West Georgia9-19-1
2North Alabama7-17-2
3Catawba (S.C.)7-27-2
4Carson-Newman (Tenn.)7-27-2
5Tuskegee (Ala.)8-28-2
6Florida Tech6-26-2
7Valdosta State (Ga.)6-26-2
8Newberry (S.C.)6-36-3
9North Greenville (N.C.)5-25-2
10West Alabama5-36-3
Super Region 3
1Northwest Missouri State10-010-0
2Minnesota State-Mankato9-19-1
3Humboldt State (Calif.)8-08-1
4Henderson State (Ark.)9-19-1
5Augustana (S.D.)8-28-2
6Emporia State (Kan.)8-28-2
7Sioux Falls (S.D.)8-28-2
8Central Missouri8-28-2
9Southwest Minnesota State7-37-3
10Western Oregon6-27-2
Super Region 4
1Ferris State (Mich.)9-09-0
2Ashland (Ohio)10-010-0
3Texas A&M-Commerce8-18-1
4Midwestern State (Texas)8-19-1
5Colorado State-Pueblo9-19-1
6Indianapolis (Ind.)9-09-0
7Grand Valley State (Mich.)8-28-2
8Colorado Mesa8-28-2
9Colorado Mines7-37-3
10Michigan Tech6-36-3

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.).

AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
Nov. 9, 2015
RankSchool (1st votes)RecordPointsLast
1Northwest Missouri State (29)10-07961
2Ferris State (Mich.) (2)9-07683
3Ashland (Ohio)10-07125
4Colorado State-Pueblo9-17114
5Shepherd (W. Va.)9-06726
6Minnesota State-Mankato9-16367
7West Georgia9-15681
8Henderson State (Ark.)9-15669
9Slippery Rock (Pa.)9-155210
10Midwestern State (Texas)9-152011
11Texas A&M-Commerce8-244912
12Humboldt State (Calif.)8-144413
13Indianapolis (Ind.)9-137618
14Grand Valley State (Mich.)8-236417
15North Alabama7-231919
16Charleston (W. Va.)9-131220
17Sioux Falls (S.D.)8-22748
18Valdosta State (Ga.)7-222423
19Emporia State (Kan.)8-221214
20Central Missouri8-219924
21Colorado Mesa8-215716
22Bowie State (Md.)9-114825
23Assumption (Mass.)9-1116NR
24Tuskegee (Ala.)8-29315
25Carson-Newman (Tenn.)8-278NR
Others Receiving Votes: Augustana (S.D.) 44; Catawba (S.C.) 36; Virginia Union 20; Indiana (Pa.) 18; Florida Tech 8; Michigan Tech 4; North Greenville (S.C.) 2; McKendree (Ill.) 1; Western Oregon 1.

Laudermilk lands LSC Defensive Player of the Week honors

Midwestern State's Daniel Laudermilk garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday as released by league officials.
The senior linebacker from Austin made a career-high 20 tackles including 2 1/2 for loss to lead the 11th-ranked Mustangs to a 26-21 win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday in the LSC Playoffs at Memorial Stadium.
Laudermilk made nine solo stops and assisted on 11 others to key an MSU defense which limited the nation's fifth-best offensive attack (513.7 yards per game) to 358 yards and to 108 in the second half.
The four-year letter winner leaped into seventh place on the school's all-time tackles list with 247 after making the second-most stops in a single game in MSU program history.
Texas A&M-Commerce senior quarterback Harrison Stewart earned top offensive honors after passing for 335 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' 36-35 win over Angelo State.
A&M-Commerce' junior running back Richard Cooper returned a kick 88 yards for a touchdown to earn special teams' accolades accounting for 211 all-purpose yards also rushing for 116 yards.
Midwestern State hits the road to take on Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.