Shepherd among leaders in Super Region One
Shepherd’s Mountain East Conference is one of four leagues that comprise NCAA Division II Super Region One for football playoff purposes.
Now in its third year, the Mountain East Conference will automatically send its champion to the NCAA playoffs for the first time.
The champions of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Northeast-10, and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association leagues also send their champions to the seven-team Super Region One playoffs.
Already in the PSAC, every team with the exception of surprising Clarion has lost at least once.
Clarion is 4-0 with California, Gannon, Mercyhurst, and Slippery Rock holding 3-1 records and Indiana now at 2-1.
Two of last year’s PSAC representatives in the playoffs are finding the 2015 season a trying one. Bloomsburg has lost to Stone Hill of the Northeast-10 and is only 2-2. West Chester is also 2-2.
Not only does Stone Hill own a win over Bloomsburg, it has a 4-0 record and leads its league over New Haven, Assumption and LIU-Post, all with 3-1 overall records. The Northeast-10 holds a championship game that leads the winner into the Super Region One playoffs.
In the CIAA, there has been an unusual three-game losing streak suffered by Winston-Salem State. The Rams are only 1-3, but are 1-0 in conference play and could reach the Division II playoffs again.
The teams with the best records in the CIAA are Bowie State, Chowan, Lincoln and Virginia Union, all with 3-1 overall records.
Shepherd is the lone unbeaten team in the Mountain East Conference, carrying its 4-0 record into this week’s open date weekend.
Concord, Charleston and Glenville are all 3-1 overall.
There will be seven teams selected for the Super Region One playoffs. Last year there were only six teams selected for the playoffs and Shepherd was left out despite its 8-2 overall record.
Teams with three regular season losses that don’t win their conference championship games will probably be excluded from the 2015 playoffs.