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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 10, 2005

Northwest Drops to No. 6 in Southwest Region

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Northwest Missouri State football dropped to No. 6 in the NCAA Division II Southwest regional rankings, announced today by the NCAA Division II Football Committee. Northwest was No. 3 in the first polls on Oct. 3 but suffered a 31-28 loss to the 25th-ranked Washburn Ichabods last Saturday. Washburn holds down the top spot and stands 6-1 on the year. The top six seeds in the region in the final poll receive access to the NCAA playoffs.

Lone Star Conference members West Texas A&M (No. 2), Texas A&M-Kingsville (No. 3) and Tarleton State (No. 4) follow Washburn. Nebraska-Kearney, a program out of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), is No. 5 ahead of Northwest. 2004 National Championship Participant Pittsburg State is seventh while Missouri Western is eighth.

Earned access to the NCAA playoffs can be gained by a conference if a conference representative finishes in the top 10 of the final regional rankings. There are three conferences competing for six post-season spots, the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), the Lone Star Conference (LSC) and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). For instance, if one of those conference schools is at No. 7 in the final rankings and is the only representative from that league, that school would replace whatever school is No. 6 so that there would be at least one representative from each conference in the playoffs.

The top two seeds receive a bye in the first round and home-field through the regional games.

Northwest enjoys a bye this week before hosting Central Missouri State on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the 2005 Homecoming game.

* NCAA Division II Southwest Ranking - 2nd edition (Oct. 10)
1. Washburn (6-1)
2. West Texas A&M (7-0)
3 . Texas A&M-Kingsville (5-1)
4 . Tarleton State (5-1)
5 . Nebraska-Kearney (6-1)
6. Northwest Missouri (5-2)
7. Pittsburg State (5-2)
8. Missouri Western (5-2)
9. Eastern New Mexico (4-3)
10. Central Missouri (4-2)
11. Angelo State (6-1)
12. Southeastern Oklahoma State (4-2)

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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