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Central Gets Ready for Battle in Seattle

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- For the second consecutive week, the Central Washington University football team has moved up in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II national poll. The Wildcats are ranked third this week in the AFCA national ranking and remained second in the official NCAA Super Region Four ranking released by the NCAA national office on Monday.

The Wildcats are now 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, holding a half-game lead over Western Oregon in the conference standings. Central is coming off a 34-27 win at Humboldt State this past Saturday, which was the Wildcats' 13th straight regular-season win.

Ahead of CWU in this week's national poll are Abilene Christian (Texas) and North Alabama. Those two, along with Central Washington and the next three teams in the rankings -- Bloomsburg (Pa.), Northwest Missouri State, and Minnesota State -- all moved up in the top 25 after then-top-ranked Grand Valley State (Mich.) lost 27-24 at unranked Hillsdale (Mich.) last week.

In the Super Region Four poll, the top four teams remained the same this week with Abilene Christian at number one, followed by CWU, Northwest Missouri State, and Missouri Western State. Texas A&M-Kingsville, which along with the Wildcats and Abilene Christian are the only three undefeated teams in the region, is ranked fifth, followed by Washburn (Kan.). Central Missouri, Angelo State (Texas), Tarleton State (Texas), and Nebraska-Omaha round out the top 10 in the region this week.

Central Washington has now reached the highest national ranking in the program's 11-year history as a member of the NCAA Division II. Last week's number four poll position had been the highest Wildcat national ranking since 1999.

The Wildcats will take on Western Oregon (3-3, 2-1 GNAC) at Battle in Seattle VII at Qwest Field this Saturday (Oct. 17) at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available through the Wildcat Shop (for a limited time), through Ticketmaster.com, and at the Qwest Field ticket office on Saturday.