Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team has put itself in position to potentially receive a fourth consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff appearance as FSU moved up to #4 this week in the latest NCAA Super Region Three Rankings.
The Bulldogs, who were fifth last week, moved up one spot following a 24-14 home win over Northwood combined with top-ranked Northwest Missouri State's road setback. The top seven teams at the end of the regular-season will advance to the Division II Playoffs.
Presently, Fort Hays leads the region at 9-0 with Indianapolis second, Ashland third and FSU fourth. The second five consists of Northwest Missouri State, Grand Valley State, Ouachita Baptist, Arkansas Tech, Central Missouri and Harding.
The top four teams at the end of the year will all host at least one home playoff game with the #1 team earning a first-round bye and teams #2, #3 and #4 hosting first-round action against the three remaining playoff teams in the region. The final regular-season rankings will be unveiled next Monday.
The Bulldogs, who have won their last five games in a row, will visit Davenport this Saturday (Nov. 4) for their first-ever matchup against the Panthers with kickoff set for 12 p.m. (ET) at the Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex in Caledonia. FSU then visits Michigan Tech for its regular-season finale on Nov. 11 in Houghton.
Following the regular-season finale, the NCAA Division II Selection Show will take place on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. (ET) via NCAA.com. The teams advancing to the playoffs along with the complete bracket will be announced in the live online show.
Ferris State has made eight previous all-time NCAA Playoff appearances, including each of the last three seasons from 2014-16. Prior to the last three years, the Bulldogs had not made the field since 1996.
Two years ago, in 2015, Ferris State recorded its first playoff victory in 19 years with a first-round home triumph over Texas A&M Commerce. Last year, the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for the second-time ever after beating rival GVSU for the Super Region Four Championship.
FSU is the only GLIAC member school that has reached the playoffs in each of the past three seasons to date.