Florida Tech Panthers Fourth in First NCAA D2 Regional Football Rankings
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // October 24, 2018
highest ever positioning in the regional ranking
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The NCAA released its first Super Region 2 Poll on Monday and the Florida Tech football team is fourth in the ratings entering the ninth week of the 2018 season.
This is the highest Florida Tech has ever been positioned in the regional ranking.
The Panthers (6-2) are joined in the poll by the only teams to defeat them this year. West Georgia (8-0) sits at No. 1 in the region, while Valdosta State (8-0) is ranked second in the region.
At the time, both UWG and VSU were ranked No. 8 in the nation when they beat the Florida Tech.
The region rankings are the primary tool used by the NCAA Division II Football Committee, and the four Regional Advisory Committees, to set the field for the 2018 NCAA Playoffs.
Champions of the Super Region 2’s four conferences—Gulf South, South Atlantic, CIAA, and SIAC—are given what is termed “earned access” to the playoffs, provided they are ranked among the region’s top nine teams on November 11.
The highest rated remaining teams are then extended bids to fill out the seven-team field for Super Region 2. The top seed receives a first-round bye and the next three will host in the first round of the playoffs, on Nov. 17.
Florida Tech is back in action this Saturday, Oct. 27, as the Panthers take on West Alabama on the road in Livingston, Alabama. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET at Tiger Stadium.
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