INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released its first set of Division II Super Region Rankings for football on Monday (Oct. 28). With a record of 6-2, Fort Hays State holds a ranking of ninth in Super Region 3 entering Week 9 of the regular season.

Three weeks remain in the regular season as Fort Hays State continues its quest for a third-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. At the end of the regular season, the top seven teams in the Super Region are selected to compete in the playoffs. Right now the Tigers are on the outside looking in, but several of the teams within Super Region 3 still have key games in front of them that could shake up the rankings in the weeks ahead.

Four unbeaten teams remain from all four conferences that make up Super Region 3. Ferris State (GLIAC), Central Missouri (MIAA), Indianapolis (GLVC), and Ouachita Baptist (GAC) are the teams that have yet to take a loss this year. Harding, Northwest Missouri State, and Grand Valley State all have one loss, while Missouri Western and Fort Hays State each have two. Henderson State is 10th among the group, though it only has one loss.

The top seven in the initial set of Super Region 3 rankings nearly reflects all seven that made the playoff field last year. The only team within the top seven that did not make the playoffs last year is Central Missouri, which replaces Fort Hays State among that group for now. However, plenty can change in the final three weeks of the season.