West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Normally, I might throw in some comments about the other eight WVIAC teams that are sitting at home watching the playoffs in this space, or maybe something about the playoff selections and where I disagree. If you read my last column, you know where I stand there: the Super Region 1 committee had an easy job and did exactly as all of us expected. Kudos to them: compared to other super regions, they've been pretty reliable the last few years, and whether you like the criteria they have to work
The big question that everyone had going into the week seemed to be this: "Would IUP still get into the playoffs if (or people seemed to be saying when) they lose the PSAC Championship to Shippensburg?"
Or the Crimson Hawks could hold the nation's top offense to just 10 points and dominate the game 41-10 to remove any doubt for themselves and, quite frankly, make things pretty easy for teams during the selection show.
Honestly, I think it's pretty easy to predict how
...but that won't stop me from making my quick predictions of what tomorrow's regional rankings will look like.
1. Shippensburg (10-0)
Clearly, the Red Raiders are the class of Super Region 1 right now. They have a great opponents' average winning percentage (0.530) and six of their wins are teams over .500 against D-II competition. Playing IUP in the PSAC championship next week will only help their strength of schedule, and a win will lock up home field advantage
NCAA Division II Football: Glenville State at Shepherd
All the talk this week is, of course, about the first regional rankings. With three weeks left until the playoffs, it's crunch time for the top dozen teams or so.
I won't go into all kinds of details here, as there are too many possibilities to enumerate right now. However, the WVIAC has to feel pretty good at the moment to have two teams in the top eight, and Shepherd knows that they'd be in the top 6 right now if not for the loss at West Liberty. Still, there are ways that, yes,