WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State remained at No. 4 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday afternoon.
Junior quarterback Layton Rabb threw for a school-record 433 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a 45-42 overtime win over Tarleton State Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
MSU clinched at least a share of its fourth Lone Star Conference title while improving to 8-0 for the second time in program history.
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. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 13 Sioux Falls (S.D.), No. 14 Colorado Mesa, No. 16 Humboldt State (Calif.), No. 17 Winona State (Minn.), No. 20 Eastern New Mexico and No. 23 Colorado State-Pueblo.
Minnesota-Duluth is receiving votes.
Minnesota State received 21 of the 34 first-place votes so stay at the top spot for a second consecutive week. The Mavericks improved to 10-0 with a 48-27 win over Wayne State (Neb.), but face a stiff challenge in the season finale at No. 13 Sioux Falls.
No. 2 Shepherd (W. Va.) received seven first place votes, while Indiana (Pa.) is third with two first-place nods followed by MSU at No. 4.
Fort Hays State (Kan.) picked up four first-place votes after sending former No. 1 Northwest Missouri State to a second consecutive loss 13-12 Saturday in Hays. The Tigers moved up one spot to No. 5.
Midwestern State can clinch its first outright LSC title since 2011 with a win at No. 20 Eastern New Mexico Saturday night at Greyhound Stadium in Portales. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Midwestern State remained at 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.
The NCAA Division II playoff field is released via a selection show on Sunday, Nov. 12.
The Mustangs, who improved to 8-0 with a 45-42 overtime win over Tarleton State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, would host a playoff game for the third time since 2011 if the postseason started today.
Minnesota State (10-0) took over the No. 1 position and would receive an opening round bye while No. 2 Central Washington (10-0) hosted No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce (8-1), No. 3 MSU hosted No. 6 Colorado Mesa (9-1) and No. 4 Winona State (Minn.) (9-1) hosted No. 5 Sioux Falls (S.D.) (9-1). All first-round games are set for Nov. 18.
Minnesota State would play the Winona State/Sioux Falls winner while the victors of the Central Washington/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.
Minnesota-Duluth (8-2), Eastern New Mexico (8-1) and Humboldt State (Calif.) (8-1) fill out the rankings at Nos. 8, 9 and 10, respectively.
There are several big matchups in the South Central Region this weekend as No. 1 Minnesota State is at No. 5 Sioux Falls, No. 2 Central Washington travels to No. 10 Humboldt State and MSU takes on No. 9 Eastern New Mexico in Portales.