Central Football Moves Up One Spot In Both Major National Polls
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- (Nov. 6) The Central Washington football team has moved up one spot in both of the major NCAA Division II football national polls this week, as the Wildcats are up to 16th in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll and 13th in the D2football.com media poll. Both of this week's rankings were released Tuesday morning.
The Wildcats have won seven consecutive games and are now 8-1 overall and 6-1 in North Central Conference play. Central will host Nebraska-Omaha this Saturday (Nov. 10) in the regular-season finale at Tomlinson Stadium in what will be a matchup of two nationally-ranked teams for the NCC championship. The Mavericks are ranked third by the AFCA and second by D2football.com and, at 7-0 in NCC play (9-0 overall), have already clinched at least a share of the NCC title. CWU can tie for the league crown with a win over UNO on Saturday.
Central Washington has been nationally-ranked for five consecutive weeks by the AFCA and seven straight rankings by D2football.com. The Wildcats, who are on track to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second time in school history, own a 14-3 record all-time when ranked among the AFCA top 25 (Division II).
In the official NCAA Division II Northwest Region poll, released Monday afternoon, Central Washington remains fourth. Should those rankings hold up following this weekend's final games, the Wildcats would host a first-round playoff game next Saturday, Nov. 17, at Tomlinson Stadium. The top six teams in each of the four Division II football regions qualify for the NCAA Championship. That postseason field will be announced as early as 8:30 a.m. (PST) on ESPNU this Sunday (Nov. 11).