WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs rolled up 667 yards including 424 through the air -- the second most in a single game in program history -- in a 66-8 demolition of UT Permian Basin Saturday night at Grande Stadium in Midland. It was the second most lopsided road win in history for MSU.
The ranking is the highest for the Mustangs since the team reached No. 4 last season for consecutive releases on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 2016.
Midwestern is one of 10 ranked teams from a competitive Super Region Four joining No. 1 Minnesota State, No. 7 Central Washington, No. 9 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 13 Sioux Falls (S.D.), No. 15 Colorado Mesa, No. 17 Humboldt State (Calif.), No. 18 Winona State (Minn.), No. 21 Eastern New Mexico and No. 24 Colorado State-Pueblo.
Minnesota-Duluth is receiving votes.
Pittsburg State (Kan.)'s 20-10 upset of previous No. 1 Northwest Missouri State forced a reshuffle at the top of the poll. The Bearcats' winning streak was halted a 38 games and was just two victories shy of D2's all-time mark for consecutive wins.
Minnesota State jumped Shepherd (W. Va.) for the No. 1 spot despite receiving just 10 first-place votes (822 overall points). The Mavericks improved to 9-0 Saturday with an impressive 27-6 win over then-No. 10 Winona State (Minn.).
Shepherd (8-0) remained at No. 2 collected 22 of the 34 first-place votes, but totaled 820 points, while Indiana (Pa.) received the other two first-place votes to improve a spot to No. 4 while MSU and Indianapolis (Ind.) also bumped up one position to close out the first five.
Midwestern State moved ahead one spot to third 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. 18 at campus locations.
One more regular season ranking is set for release on Nov. 6 before the NCAA Division II playoff field is released via a selection show on Sunday, Nov. 12.
The Mustangs, who improved to 7-0 with a 66-8 rout of UT Permian Basin Saturday night at Grande Stadium in Midland, would host a playoff game for the third time since 2011 if the postseason started today.
Central Washington (9-0) holds the No. 1 position and would receive an opening round bye while No. 2 Minnesota State (9-0) hosted No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce (7-1), No. 3 MSU hosted No. 6 Colorado Mesa (8-1) and No. 4 Winona State (Minn.) (8-1) hosted No. 5 Sioux Falls (S.D.) (8-1). All first-round games are set for Nov. 18.
Central Washington would play the Winona State/Sioux Falls winner while the victors of the Minnesota State/Texas A&M-Commerce and MSU/Colorado Mesa games would square off in the other regional semifinal on Nov. 25.
The semifinals winners advance to the regional final on the weekend of Dec. 2 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. 16 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Humboldt State (Calif.) (7-1), Minnesota Duluth (7-2) and Eastern New Mexico (7-1) fill out the rankings at Nos. 8, 9 and 10, respectively.
Midwestern State takes on rival Tarleton State in its home regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.