STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton’s road win against MSU Texas last weekend led to a major shakeup in the latest NCAA regional poll as the Texans jumped three spots to No. 2 and are now in the driver’s seat to host a first-round NCAA playoff game for the first time in school history.
The NCAA regional rankings are the official ranking system used by the NCAA for seeding national playoff teams. The top seven teams in each of the nation’s four super regions will be invited to compete for the Division II National Championship. The region’s top team will receive a first-round bye while the remaining three high seeds host the playoff games.
Minnesota State remains at the top of the poll and is on pace to receive a first-round bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
Tarleton (8-0), Minnesota-Duluth (9-0), and Colorado Mines (9-0) round out the top four, respectively, and are on pace to host a first-round playoff game. Colorado State-Pueblo, Texas A&M-Commerce, and MSU Texas round out the top seven, in respective order, which would set up a Tarleton-MSU Texas rematch in the opening round if the poll stands up after the completion of the regular season.
The Texans claimed a guaranteed share of the Lone Star Conference championship last weekend and can win the title outright on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. when the Texans host Western New Mexico. Tarleton will be home this Saturday for a 2 p.m. non-conference game against Lincoln (Mo.).
For the complete regional rankings, visit NCAA.com.