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Wildcats Ranked Fourth In First Official NCAA Regional Poll

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Central Washington football team is ranked fourth in the first official NCAA Division II Northwest Regional poll of the 2007 season, released Monday by the NCAA national office.

The Wildcats, 4-1 overall and 3-1 in North Central Conference play, are one of three NCC teams in the top four and one of six in the top 12 regionally. Nebraska-Omaha (5-0, 3-0) and North Dakota (6-0, 4-0) are first and second, respectively, followed by Grand Valley State (Mich.).

Central Washington follows GVSU in fourth, with Ashland (Ohio) and South Dakota (3-3, 2-1 NCC) ranking fifth and sixth, respectively. Winona State (Minn.) is the lone Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference representative in the poll this week, listing seventh. Michigan Tech, Minnesota State, and Indianapolis (Ind.) are next, with Hillsdale (Mich.) and Minnesota Duluth rounding out the top 12. The top six teams in the final regional poll will qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs, which begin Nov. 17.

Central has victories over #6 South Dakota (45-40) and #12 Minnesota Duluth (43-21), while losing at #2 North Dakota, 35-28, on Sept. 15. The other NCC schools listed in the regional poll -- #1 Nebraska-Omaha and #9 Minnesota State -- are still ahead on the Wildcats' schedule, as CWU will travel to Minnesota State on Nov. 3 and host Nebraska-Omaha in the regular-season finale on Nov. 10.

Next on Central Washington's schedule is its final non-league game of the season this Saturday (Oct. 13) at Western Oregon. Kickoff between the former (and future) Great Northwest Athletic Conference rivals is set for 2 p.m. from Monmouth, Ore., in a game that will also be available with videostreaming through the NCAA and WebStream Productions at http://www.ncaasports.com/dii.