Oct. 24, 2005
Bearcats Jump Three Spots to No. 2 in Region
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After its 31-21 win over Central Missouri State last Saturday, Northwest Missouri State football moved up to No. 2 in the NCAA Division II Southwest regional rankings, announced today by the NCAA Division II Football Committee. Northwest was No. 5 last week. The jump was aided by three of the four top regional teams losing on Saturday; West Texas A&M lost to Angelo State 58-53, Tarleton State dropped a 18-7 decision to Abilene Christian and Nebraska-Kearney was on the losing end of a 28-22 battle with Ft. Lewis. West Texas was No. 2 while Tarleton was No. 3 and UNK was No. 4 in the Oct. 17 poll.
Washburn holds on to the No. 1 spot, its third straight week on top. With its 58-53 shootout win over West Texas A&M, Angelo State moved from ninth to third. West Texas dropped to No. 4 while Pittsburg State hopped up to No. 5 and Missouri Western is at No. 6.
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 No. 2 regional ranking is the highest spot for Northwest this season. The top two seeds receive a bye in the first round and home-field through the regional games.
No. 20 Northwest takes part in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead IV against No. 18 Pittsburg State on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.
* NCAA Division II Southwest Ranking - 4th edition (Oct. 24)
1. Washburn (8-1)
2. Northwest (6-2)
3. Angelo State (8-1)
4. West Texas A&M (8-1)
5. Pittsburg State (7-2)
6. Missouri Western (7-2)
7. Nebraska-Kearney (7-2)
8. Texas A&M-Kingsville (6-2)
9. Tarleton State (6-2)
10. Central Missouri State (5-3)
11. Southeastern Oklahoma State (6-2)
12. Colorado School of Mines (5-4)
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