The Fort Hays State football team is headed to Indianapolis for the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The Tigers were announced Sunday as the No. 5-seed will face No. 4-seeded University of Indianapolis on the road Saturday in the first round of the Super Region 3 playoffs.
Fort Hays wrapped up its second straight MIAA title with a 58-0 thrashing of Northeastern State on Saturday, finishing the regular season at 9-2. The Tigers shared the title with Northwest Missouri State, which drew the No. 6 seed and will play No. 3-seeded Grand Valley State on the road Saturday.
FHSU coach Chris Brown said after Saturday's game that he was already anticipating the Tigers to draw UIndy.
"Monday our kids will come in, we'll watch the (NSU game) and move on to our playoff game," Brown said in Saturday's postgame press conference. "I know it's going to be a little bit longer trip than what we're used to. We'll probably fly and all those things. But we got to handle it just like a normal week. The intensity level is going to be a little higher in practice just to make sure our guys are focused and locked in."
UIndy, the champion of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, will enter the playoffs at 9-1. Game time for Saturday has yet to be announced.
The Tigers will be looking for their first NCAA playoff win. They were the top seed in the region last year and received a first-round bye after going 11-0 in the regular season but were knocked out of the playoffs with a 31-21 loss to Ferris State at home. Indianapolis was the second seed last year but the Greyhounds were eliminated by Harding.
The winner of the UIndy-FHSU game will play top-seeded and undefeated Ouachita Baptist in the second round in Arkadelphia, Ark.
No. 2-seeded Ferris State (11-0) will play host to No. 7 seed Harding (9-2) in the first round. Ferris State had been sitting at the top of the region rankings, but due to the use of an ineligible player early in the season, the NCAA dropped the Bulldogs to the No. 2 seed due to the nullification penalty assessed for the violation.