Division II football released their Super Regional rankings. These are ultimately the rankings used to determine the playoffs. Wayne State and Nebraska-Kearney are ranked #3 and #4 respectively in one of those Super Regionals. Both the Wildcats and Lopers are 5-1. The Lopers on the road this weekend at New Mexico Highlands. The Wildcats are at Bemidji State.
The Lopers also moved up to 21st in the national rankings, up from 25. It was the first time since 2005, that Nebraska-Kearney has been nationally ranked.
The Super Three region consists of teams from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Minnesota State (6-0) is ranked first in the region followed by 6-0 Grand Valley State and Wayne State third at 5-1. Nebraska-Kearney and Minnesota Duluth, both 5-1, are fourth and fifth respectively while Saginaw Valley State of Michigan is sixth at 4-2. Wayne State of Michigan (5-1), Findlay of Ohio (5-1), Northwood Michigan (3-2) and Bemidji State (4-2) round out the top 10 teams in the first regional rankings of the 2009 season.
Six teams from each of the four NCAA Division II Super Regionals will qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs that are scheduled to start November 14th.