WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State opens the NCAA Division II Super Region Four rankings at No. 3 for the second straight season as released Monday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Football Committee.
The top seven teams in each region advance to the postseason commencing Nov. 19 at campus locations.
Two more regional rankings are set for release on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 then the playoff field will be released via a selection show on Sunday, Nov. 13.
The Mustangs, who suffered their first loss of the season Saturday at West Texas A&M, would host a playoff game for the second straight year and for the third time since 2011 if the postseason started today.
Grand Valley State (Mich.) (8-0) holds the No. 1 position and would receive an opening round bye while No. 2 Southwest Baptist (Mo.) (7-1) hosted No. 7 Colorado Mines (6-2), MSU hosted Wayne State (Mich.) (7-1) and No. 4 Ashland (Ohio) (7-1) hosted No. 5 Texas A&M-Commerce (6-1). All first-round games are set for Nov. 19.
Grand Valley State would play the Ashland/Texas A&M-Commerce winner while the victors of the Southwest Baptist/Colorado Mines and MSU/Wayne State games would square off in the other regional semifinal on Nov. 26.
The semifinals winners advance to the regional final on the weekend of Dec. 3 with the champion moving on to face the Super Region Three titlist the following weekend.
The NCAA Division II Championship Game is set for Saturday, Dec. 17 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Midwestern State plummeted nine spots to No. 13 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday morning.
The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season falling 35-27 Saturday at West Texas A&M despite rallying from a three-touchdown deficit early in the second quarter to briefly take a 24-21 lead late in the third.
MSU spent the last four weeks ranked in the Top 10 after knocking off No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce 26-25 last month. The Lions dropped just five spots after taking a home loss.
Midwestern is one of 10 teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 9 Ashland (Ohio), No. 19 Wayne State (Mich.), No. 22 Ferris State (Mich.) and No. 25 Southwest Baptist (Mo.).
Colorado Mines, Colorado Mesa and Truman State (Mo.) are receiving votes.
Midwestern State takes on UT-Permian Basin for Homecoming Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.