Buffs Tabbed Six-Seed in Super Region Four; Travel to No. 3 Indianapolis
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:43:13 GMT — For the second year in a row and seventh time overall, the West Texas A&M football team has qualified for the NCAA playoffs as it was announced Sunday afternoon by the NCAA Division Football Committee.
The Buffs are a No. 6-seed in Super Region Four and will travel to No. 3-seed Indianapolis for a game Saturday at a time to be determined.
The football team gathered for a â??watch partyâ?? in the Agriculture and Natural Science Building on campus to await the news as the selections were streamed live on NCAA.com.
â??Iâ??m extremely excited for our players and coaches who have done a great job of keeping the players focused all season,â?? interim head coach Mike Nesbitt said. â??We are looking forward to playing in the postseason.â??
The Buffaloes finished the regular season 9-2 after a thrilling 19-12 win at Midwestern State Saturday. WT was 4-2 in Lone Star Conference play and is the only LSC team to earn a berth in the playoffs. Indianapolis won back-to-back Great Lakes Valley Conference champions and went 10-1 this season with a 7-0 league mark. The Greyhounds lone loss was at Football Championship Subdivision member Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, early in the season.
Last season the Buffs also were a No. 6-seed and made a deep run in the playoffs as they won at No. 3-seeded Chadron State (38-30), No. 2-seeded Ashland University (33-28) and top-seeded Colorado State-Pueblo (34-16) before falling to national runner-up Winston-Salem State (41-18) in the national semifinals. WT is 6-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
The Greyhounds were ranked 11th in the American Football Coaches Association poll and 10th in D2Football.com entering the final week of the regular season, while WT was 24th in the AFCA poll and 20th in D2Football.com.
Colorado State-Pueblo (11-0) has the top seed in the region for the second year in a row. Ohio Dominican (10-0) of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is second as the both receive a first round bye. Indianapolis is third, followed by Grand Valley State (9-2) of the GLIAC. Saginaw Valley State (9-2), also of the GLIAC, is fifth followed by WT.
The winner of the WT/Indianapolis game will travel to Ohio Dominican on Nov. 30, with the quarterfinals scheduled for Dec. 7. The semifinals, set for Dec. 14, pit the winner of Super Region Four versus the winner of Super Region Three, followed by the National Championship from Braley Stadium in Florence, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
Ticket information for the game Saturday will be announced as it becomes available.