ThunderWolves up to No. 4 in AFCA poll; No. 5 in first NCAA Super Region Four ranking

ThunderWolves up to No. 4 in AFCA poll; No. 5 in first NCAA Super Region Four ranking


PUEBLO, Colo. (October 26, 2015) – Following the decisive 49-21 home victory against then-No. 7 Colorado School of Mines, the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team improved two spots to No. 4 in the American Football Coaches Association poll, Monday. Also announced was the first edition of the NCAA Division II Super Region Four rankings, where the ThunderWolves sat at No. 5.

Not one team in the AFCA top 25 remained the same from last week, as a top five and top 10 shake up shuffled the nation's best. Colorado Mines was just one of 10 top 25 teams to take a loss, including top-ranked Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The new No. 1 is University of West Georgia with 25 first-place votes. No. 2 is Northwest Missouri State University with six first-place votes, while Ferris State University came in at No. 3 with the final first-place nod. Ashland University rounded out the top five after the Pack earned the No. 4 billing. 

In the first NCAA regional rankings of the 2015 season, the defending NCAA Divsion II National Champions were placed No. 5.

The Super Region Four is made up of four conferences, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), the Lone Star Conference (LSC), the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).

Seven teams from each of the four super regions advance to the NCAA Playoffs. The top seed earns a first round bye, while the next three teams host a first round playoff game (2 hosts 7, 3 hosts 6 and 4 hosts 5). The final selection takes place live on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The four teams ahead of the ThunderWolves were Ferris State (GLIAC), Texas A&M University-Commerce (LSC), Midwestern State University (LSC) and Grand Valley State University (GLIAC), respectfully. 

Other RMAC schools in the top 10 were Colorado Mines (8) and Colorado Mesa University (9). 

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.