#9 Mustangs Set to Host NCAA Playoffs

The 9th-ranked Midwestern State football team will open up its playoff run Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, as they host #4 Colorado State-Pueblo in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

The Mustangs, despite their lower ranking in the AFCA Poll, are the higher seed in the region, earning the top seed and first-round bye by compiling a 10-1 regular-season record against the strongest schedule in all of Division II.

Defending national champion CSUP (11-1) is the 4th seed in Super Region IV, and defeated (5) Indianapolis 27-14 on Saturday, at home.

MSU Head Coach Bill Maskill described the Thunderwolves' offense, stylistically, as a mixture of Eastern New Mexico, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Humboldt State. He said they'll use multiple tight-end sets to outnumber the defense in the rushing game.

For the Mustangs, this is the first home playoff game since 2011's tough overtime loss to Northwest Missouri State, which handed that MSU team its first loss of the season. They lost to Indianapolis on the road the following year, and hadn't reached the NCAA Postseason since.

The last playoff victory for MSU was in 2006, a 28-26 win over Missouri Western.

The winner of this game will face the winner of (2) Ferris State and (6) Grand Valley State next week for the Super Region IV championship. MSU would host that game if they win this week.