WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State remains second in the latest Super Region Four rankings 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.
The NCAA Division II playoff field will be released via a selection show on Sunday afternoon.
The Mustangs, who improved to 8-1 with a 21-16 comeback win at Tarleton State last weekend, 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.) (10-0) holds the No. 1 position and would receive an opening round bye while No. 2 MSU (8-1) hosted No. 7 Colorado Mesa (8-2), No. 3 Southwest Baptist (Mo.) (9-1) hosted No. 6 Ferris State (Mich.) (8-2) and No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce (8-1) hosted No. 5 Truman State (8-2). All first-round games are set for Nov. 19.
Grand Valley State would play the Texas A&M-Commerce/Truman winner while the victors of the MSU/Colorado Mesa and Southwest Baptist/Ferris 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 can clinch at least a share of its fourth Lone Star Conference title with a win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Midwestern State remained at No.12 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday morning.
The Mustangs capped its fourth game-winning drive in the final minute with a 13-yard run by Adrian Seales with 52 seconds left to claim a 21-16 win over Tarleton State Saturday night in Stephenville. The Mustangs improved to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in Lone Star Conference play.
MSU has carried a national ranking in the last 20 poll dating back to last season reaching as high as No. 4 for a two-week stretch earlier this season.
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. 18 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 20 Ashland (Ohio), No. 21 Southwest Baptist (Mo.) and No. 25 Colorado Mines.
Colorado Mesa, Truman State (Mo.) and Ohio Dominican are receiving votes.
Midwestern State can clinch at least a share of its fourth LSC championship with a win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The annual Military Appreciation game kicks off at 1 p.m.
Adrian Seales produced a career night to lead the 12th-ranked Midwestern State past rival Tarleton State Saturday to earn Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The sophomore from Stafford ran for 138 yards on 21 carries including a 13-yard dash to the end zone with 52 seconds to play to lift the Mustangs to a 21-16 win over Tarleton. It was MSU's fourth victory with the go-ahead score coming in the final minute of the game this season.
It was the 5-10, 205-pound running back's third career 100-yard performance and second of the season.
Seales' previous career high of 115 yards also came against the Texans in 2014. Despite missing four games due to injury, he ranks second on the team with 398 rushing yards or 79.6 yards per game.
He is the third MSU offensive player to earn top offense honors this season joining senior quarterback Quade Coward and fellow sophomore running back Vincent Johnson.
Angelo State sophomore linebacker Justin Jackson made nine tackles, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble as the Rams limited West Texas A&M to 137 total yards in a 38-6 victory to earn defensive player of the week honors.
Texas A&M-Commerce's Reggie Kincade was the top special teams performer recovering a fumble on a kickoff return and advancing a blocked punt 15 yards for a score in the Lions' weather-shortened 58-21 win at UT-Permian Basin.
Midwestern State can clinch at least a share of its fourth Lone Star Conference championship with a win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.