Oct. 31, 2005
Bearcats Fifth in Southwest RegionINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Northwest Missouri State football slid down to No. 5 in the latest Southwest Region poll, announced today by the NCAA Division II Football Committee. Northwest fell from No. 2 to fifth after a 56-35 loss to No. 14 Pittsburg State last Saturday at the Fall Classic at Arrowhead IV. The Bearcats have one more regular season game against Southwest Baptist on Saturday at home. The playoffs begin Saturday, Nov. 12 with the top six seeds in each region earning a bid.
MIAA leader Washburn stays at No. 1 followed by West Texas A&M at No. 2 and Pittsburg State at No. 3. Tarleton State holds down the fourth spot with Nebraska-Kearney right behind Northwest at sixth. In the first round on Nov. 12, the third seed would host the sixth seed and the fourth seed would host the fifth seed with the top two seeds earning a bye.
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.
Southwest Region (Oct. 31)
1. Washburn (9-1)
2. West Texas A&M (9-1)
3. Pittsburg State (8-2)
4. Tarleton State (7-2)
5. Northwest Missouri State (6-3)
6. Nebraska-Kearney (8-2)
7. Angelo State (8-2)
8. Southeastern Oklahoma State (7-2)
9. Missouri Western State (7-3)
10. Central Missouri State (6-3)
11. Midwestern State (5-4)
12. Texas A&M-Kingsville (6-3)
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