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CWU gets no love in D2 Regional Poll

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Despite a 5-0 record against Division II opponents, the Central Washington University football team is ranked seventh in the "Super Regional Four" in the first official NCAA Division II regional football polls of the 2008 season, released Monday.

The Wildcats are 5-1 overall, with their only loss coming in the closing seconds against NCAA Division I-Football Championship Subdivision member Montana on Sept. 27.

Central Washington is one of three teams in the "Super Regional Four" with undefeated records against Division II competition. The other two schools -- West Texas A&M and Abilene Christian (Texas) -- are ranked first and second in the region, respectively. Teams ranked third through sixth in the region all have one Division II loss each, and three of the four -- Northwest Missouri State, Pittsburg State (Kan.), and Central Missouri -- all own 5-1 overall records and are members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The sixth-ranked team in this week's regional poll is Midwestern State (Texas), which has a 4-1 overall record.

The "Super Regional Four" is comprised of member schools in the traditional South Central and West Regions. Conferences represented in the super regional are the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), the Lone Star Conference (LSC), and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). With just five football-playing members the GNAC does not have an "earned access" berth for the NCAA Division II playoffs like the LSC and MIAA do.

The top six teams in each of the super regions following the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the NCAA Division II Football Championship. Central Washington appeared in the postseason last year after an 8-2 regular-season record and 6-2 finish in the now-defunct North Central Conference, and the Wildcats advanced to the national quarterfinals.

CWU travels west to Qwest Field this Saturday (Oct. 11) for a first-place showdown with archrival Western Washington. The Wildcats (4-0 GNAC) hold a one-game lead over the Vikings (3-2, 3-1 GNAC) in the conference standings, and Saturday's contest will be the first of two meetings between the two schools over the final five weeks of the season. Central has won five straight meetings over Western and leads the all-time series, 61-33-4.

1. West Texas A&M (6-0, 5-0)
2. Abilene Christian (Texas) (5-0, 5-0)
3. Northwest Missouri State (5-1, 5-1)
4. Pittsburg State (Kan.) (5-1, 5-1)
5. Central Missouri (5-1, 5-1)
6. Midwestern State (Texas) (4-1, 4-1)
8. Texas A&M-Kingsville (4-2, 4-1)
9. Tarleton State (Texas) (5-1, 5-1)
10. Truman (Mo.) (3-2, 3-2)

Records are through games of Oct. 4. Overall record listed first, followed by record versus NCAA Division II opponents.