Tarleton is the No. 2 seed in NCAA Super Region 4 and will host an NCAA playoff football game for the first time in school history this weekend when the Texans play No. 7-seed Azusa Pacific at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Minnesota State-Mankato edged out Tarleton for the No. 1 seed in Super Region 4 while Minnesota State-Duluth earned the No. 3 seed and will host Texas A&M-Commerce this Saturday. The winner of Duluth-Commerce will play the winner of Tarleton-Azusa the following week at the home of the highest remaining seed. Azusa Pacific earned the final spot in the ranking after beating Central Washington Saturday afternoon, jumping previously-ranked MSU Texas for the final spot in the bracket.
Azusa Pacific is 8-3 on the season with a 7-1 conference record as a member of the Great Northwest American Conference.
The final matchup of the region is a showdown between RMAC rivals, Colorado Mines and Colorado State-Pueblo. The winner of that matchup will travel to Makato, Minn. next weekend to take on the top-seeded Mavericks, who received a bye in the seven-team bracket.
The Texans just completed their first-ever undefeated regular season as an NCAA institution with a 10-0 mark on the season and earned the outright LSC championship with a 9-0 mark in league play. This is Tarleton’s fourth trip to the NCAA playoffs, the third under head coach Todd Whitten, and the first since 2009.
Ticket information will be announced Monday and will be available at the Tarleton Athletics Ticket Office by calling 254-968-1832 or online at TarletonSports.com/Tickets. Spaces for tailgating will go on sale at 2 p.m. Tailgate reservations can be made while spaces last by calling 254-968-9912.
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