Midwestern State announced an 11-game schedule for the 2015 season including five home games and a fifth consecutive appearance in the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium as announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Mustangs will play five games at Memorial Stadium including a season opening contest against Truman State (Mo.) on Sept. 5.
MSU returns to Wichita Falls to face Tarleton State on Sept. 26 then play consecutive home games against West Texas A&M and Humboldt State (Calif.) on Oct. 10 and 17.
The Mustangs close regular season play against Texas A&M-Kingsville at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31.
For the second consecutive season, Midwestern takes on Eastern New Mexico as part of the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sept. 19. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m.
The Mustangs road slate includes games at Colorado Mesa (Sept. 12), Angelo State (Oct. 3) and Texas A&M-Commerce (Oct. 24).
The Lone Star Conference Playoffs cover the final two weekends of the regular with two separate four-team tournaments as determined by the finish in the regular season standings.
The No. 1 seed plays the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed takes on the No. 3 seed with the high seed earning a home game. The winners play the following week as well as the losers with the home site going to the higher remaining seed.
The bottom half of the bracket features the No. 5 seed traveling to play Oklahoma Panhandle State while the Nos. 6 and 7 seeds play at the site of the higher seed on Nov. 7. The winners and losers of the games square off the following weekend in the final game of the season.
Midwestern State has posted winning ledgers in each of the last 15 seasons -- a feat no other Lone Star Conference team can claim. The Mustangs claimed conference titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012 while advancing to the postseason in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
2015 Midwestern State Football Schedule
Sept. 5 vs Truman St. (MO), 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Colorado Mesa, 8 p.m.
Sep. 19 vs Eastern New Mexico, 11:30 a.m. (at AT&T Stadium)
Sep. 26 vs Tarleton State, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Angelo State, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 vs West Texas A&M, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 vs Humboldt State (CA), 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Texas A&M-Commerce, Time TBD
Oct. 31 vs Texas A&M-Kingsville, 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 Lone Star Conference Playoffs, Round 1
Nov. 14 Lone Star Conference Playoffs, Round 2
Midwestern State carried an unbeaten in-region mark to the top spot in the premiere South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship Committee.
The Mustangs have reeled off five consecutive by a 41-4 composite score since taking a narrow 4-3 loss to Division I Nicholls State (La.) on March 27 to improve to 15-5 on the season.
MSU boasts a 10-2 overall mark against Division II competition which includes losses to West Florida and Saint Leo (Fla.) which are ranked second and third, respectively in the always tough South Region.
The Mustangs own wins over five regionally ranked teams including Drury (Mo.) (No. 1 in Midwest), Northwest Missouri State (No. 3 in Central), Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) (No. 4 in Central), Southwest Baptist (Mo.) (No. 5 in Central) and Georgia College (No. 4 in Southeast).
Five teams, including automatic bids from the Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences advance to regional play beginning May 2 at campus sites.
The committee will announce the postseason tournament field on Tuesday, April 28.
The Mustangs advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons and have reached the NCAA postseason 12 times in program history.
The 2015 NCAA Division II Tennis Championships are set for Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz. from May 13-16.
Midwestern State battles rival Cameron Monday afternoon at the Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex in Lawton. First serve is set for 2 p.m.