INDIANAPOLIS – Ohio Dominican's undefeated football team is ranked second in the first regional rankings released by the NCAA on Monday.
This is the first time the football team has appeared in the regional rankings since becoming an active Division II member and being eligible for postseason play in 2011.
The Panthers trail just Colorado State-Pueblo in the rankings.
As members of the GLIAC, the Panthers belong in Super Region Four, along with the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), Lone Star Conference (LSC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Six teams from each of the four regions qualify for the playoffs, with the top two seeds in each region earning a first round bye.
ODU is currently 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the GLIAC. The Panthers have a 12-game win streak dating back to last season, the longest in Division II.
Also, ODU is ranked No. 11 in the latest AFCA Top 25 Poll, the highest-ranking for the program since transitioning to Division II in 2010. The Panthers picked up 484 points in the latest poll. This is the fifth consecutive week ODU has been ranked, jumping into the Top 25 at No. 23 on Sept. 30 following its 57-14 win over then-No. 9 Grand Valley State.
Ohio Dominican, which was idle last week, takes on Tiffin in a road matchup at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
|SUPER REGION FOUR|
|#||TEAM||D-II Record||Overall Record|
|3||Saginaw Valley State||7-1||7-1|
|5||West Texas A&M||7-1||7-1|
|8||Grand Valley State||6-2||6-2|
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