Playoff teams look to fooball postseason
There are four leagues that send teams to the Super Region One football playoffs.
And there are only seven reserved spots in those mid-November to early-December playoffs.
After games played on Oct. 14, there were four unbeaten teams remaining in Super Region One.
Each league – the Mountain East Conference, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Northeast-10 Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Alliance – had an unbeaten team.
Shepherd was the only undefeated team remaining in the Mountain East, Indiana has yet to lose in the PSAC, Virginia State had no losses in the CIAA and Assumption was undefeated in the Northeast-10.
It would seem that no team other than one from the PSAC with as many as two losses will qualify for the playoffs which begin on Nov. 18.
Every league except the Mountain East has its own playoff game that decides the conference champion.
Notre Dame, which has lost only to Shepherd, could wrangle a berth in the playoffs from the Mountain East.
Assumption appears to be the lone qualifier from the Northeast-10 – if it wins the league’s championship game.
In the PSAC, Slippery Rock and Shippensburg have only one loss.
The PSAC stages a conference championship game between the eight-team East and the eight-team West. Shippensburg defeated West Chester last week, but could fall behind the Golden Rams and miss the league’s championship game.
In the CIAA, Virginia State stopped previously undefeated Bowie State last week to gain a one-game lead in the North Division of the league.
Virginia Union has two losses but owns an undefeated North Division record and could possibly reach the league championship game.
Winston-Salem State is the annual winner of the South Division, but has had already lost several games and may not qualify for the title game.
Last season, Shepherd carried an undefeated record through the regular season and was ranked third in the country in the coach’s poll. But the Rams did not receive the No. 1 seed in the Region, that honor going to unbeaten LIU-Post of the Northeast-10.
Shepherd beat Assumption in the opening round of the playoffs and then went to Long Island, New York and beat LIU-Post. In the Super One Region finals, Shepherd defeated California on the road in Pennsylvania.
The Rams then hosted North Alabama in the national semifinals, where they lost a 10-point verdict.
If Indiana goes through the regular season unbeaten and wins the PSAC championship game, it could be awarded the No. 1 seed for the playoffs even if Shepherd finishes another 10-0 regular season.