BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Three Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football teams are listed among the West Region's top-eight teams in the final NCAA Regional Rankings published before "Selection Sunday" on November 12.
St. Thomas (8-1, 7-0) is already headed to the NCAA Playoffs, having clinched a postseason berth for the eighth time in the last nine seasons with a 58-7 victory over Gustavus last Saturday. The Tommies – ranked third in the Region, up one from last week – earned a share of the MIAC title and the Conference's automatic qualifier with the win, and can secure the outright Conference championship with a victory at St. Olaf on Saturday. St. Thomas is ranked fourth in the nation by both D3football.com and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) this week.
Saint John's (8-1, 6-1) and Concordia (8-1, 6-1) will meet Saturday in Collegeville, Minn. for what may amount to a de facto "play-in" game, as the winner will have a very strong argument for a Pool C bid to the NCAA Playoffs. Both teams rank among the top-eight in the West Region and top-20 in the nation in both polls (Saint John's at 6/7 and Concordia at 18/19); however, it is unlikely that a two-loss team from the MIAC would break into the Playoff field as an at-large selection, making Saturday's matchup must-see football.