INDIANAPOLIS - The Newberry College football team is ranked sixth in Super Regional Two (formerly the Southeast Region) in this week's NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings, which were released today. The ranking marks a three-spot jump from last week's rankings.
Newberry (4-3 overall, 3-1 South Atlantic Conference) received a boost thanks to a 32-21 victory over previously undefeated Wingate, which falls from second to third this week. Three SAC teams are behind Newberry, including this week's opponent - Tusculum College - which is ranked eighth. Carson-Newman is ranked 9th and Catawba is ranked 10th.
At the end of the season, the top six teams in each Super Regional will qualify for the NCAA Division II Football playoffs. Earned access to the playoffs can be gained by a conference if a conference representative finishes in the top eight of the final super regional rankings. Albany State is the lone SIAC representative in this week's rankings, and is currently ranked seventh.
The Gulf South Conference is represented in the rankings by Delta State (first), Valdosta State (second), North Alabama (fourth) and Arkansas-Monticello (fifth). UAM still has to play North Alabama on Nov. 1, while UNA hosts Valdosta State this weekend.
Newberry will play its crucial game against Tusculum at Pioneer Field in Greeneville, Tenn. Saturday's kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. Tusculum leads the all-time series 6-4, but Newberry has won the last three. The last four matchups have been decided by five points or fewer and Newberry has won the last two matchups in Greeneville.
NCAA Division II Super Regional 2 Rankings
as of October 20, 2008
Rk Team Rec. DII Last
1. Delta State Univ. 6-1 6-0 1
2. Valdosta State Univ. 6-1 6-1 3
3. Wingate Univ. 7-1 7-1 2
4. Univ. of North Alabama 7-1 7-1 4
5. Univ. of Arkansas-Monticello 6-2 5-2 6
6. Newberry College 4-3 4-3 9
7. Albany State Univ. 5-2 5-2 8
8. Tusculum College 5-3 4-2 5
9. Carson-Newman College 5-2 5-2 10
10. Catawba College 4-3 4-3 NR
This Week's Regional Matchups
#10 Catawba at #3 Wingate, Sat., 1:30 p.m.
#6 Newberry at #8 Tusculum, Sat., 2 p.m.
#7 Albany State at Morehouse, Sat., 2 p.m.
#9 Carson-Newman at Brevard, Sat., 2 p.m.
#5 Arkansas-Monticello at Harding, Sat., 3 p.m.
#2 Valdosta State at #4 North Alabama, Sat., 7 p.m.
#1 Delta State at Southern Arkansas, Sat., 8 p.m.