Northwest Claims Top Seed in Super Region 3

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 11/17 2013 04:21PM

Updated 11/17 2013 11:52PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) After completing its first undefeated regular season since 2006, the NCAA rewarded Northwest Missouri State with the top seed in Super Region 3 of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs.

The Bearcats (11-0) receive a bye in the first round, and will face the winner between Minnesota Duluth (10-1) and Emporia State (9-1) in the second round on November 30th.

Northwest and Emporia are the only MIAA football teams to earn a trip to the playoffs. Missouri Western, Pittsburg State and Washburn were all ranked in the region's top ten, but all lost on the final day of the regular season.

For the first time since 2006, the Bearcats are set up to host each week through the second and quarterfinal rounds.

In 2012, Minnesota State beat Missouri Western in the regional championship to earn a trip to the semifinal game. The Mavericks receive the No. 2 seed in the region, and will face the winner between Henderson State (10-0) and St. Cloud (10-1).

Super Region 3:

1. Northwest
2. Minnesota State
3. Henderson State
4. Minnesota Duluth
5. Emporia State
6. St. Cloud

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