Central Football Team Moves up Two More Spots in Polls
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Another week, another victory, and another two spots up in the national rankings for Central Washington University's football team. The Wildcats, now 6-1 overall and tied for second place in the North Central Conference with a 4-1 league record, moved up to 17th in this week's American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II poll and to 15th in the D2football.com media poll.
Central, which earned its fifth consecutive overall victory with a 24-7 decision against archrival Western Washington on Saturday at the fifth annual Wells Fargo Battle in Seattle, presented by Comcast, had been ranked 17th by D2football.com and 19th by the AFCA last week. However, the Wildcats' win over the Vikings, combined with losses elsewhere in the top 25, enabled CWU to climb the polls this week.
While Central Washington moved up in each of the national polls, the Wildcats remain fourth in this week's official NCAA Division II Northwest Regional poll. The final official regional poll, which will be released on Nov. 11, will determine the postseason participants in the NCAA Division II Football Championship. The top six teams from the Northwest Region in that final ranking will qualify for the 24-team national playoff field.
Nebraska-Omaha (7-0, 5-0 NCC) remains fourth in both of the major national rankings this week, and the Mavericks are still tops in the Northwest Regional poll. North Dakota (6-1, 4-1 NCC) is ninth in the AFCA poll and seventh in the D2football.com ranking, and the Fighting Sioux are currently third in the region. Grand Valley State (Mich.) (7-0, 6-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), the top-ranked team in both national polls, remains second in the official regional poll.
Central Washington will return to action this Saturday (Oct. 27), hosting Augustana College (3-6, 1-5 NCC) in the Wildcats' annual Homecoming game at Tomlinson Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. (PDT).