FootballScoop's Division II Weekend Primer
One-hundred sixty-two teams started and 24 remain. The Division II playoffs are here. Below is everything you need to know about the first round of the Division II playoffs.
No. 5 Slippery Rock (9-2) at No. 4 Winston-Salem (9-1)
No. 6 American International (9-2) at No. 3 West Chester (10-1)
No. 5 Newberry (9-2) at No. 4 Carson-Newman (9-2)
No. 6 Tuskegee (8-2) at No. 3 North Alabama (8-2)
No. 5 Emporia State (9-1) at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (10-1)
No. 6 St. Cloud State (10-1) at No. 3 Henderson State (11-0)
No. 5 Saginaw Valley (9-2) at No. 4 Grand Valley State (9-2)
No. 6 West Texas A&M (9-2) at No. 3 Indianapolis (10-1)
Three Games Worth Watching:
Slippery Rock at Winston-Salem: Tough couple weeks for Winston-Salem. After emerging as conference champions following last week's ugly melee with Virginia State, the Rams' total defense gets to face a Slippery Rock offense that ranks among the top five nationally in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense.
West Texas A&M at Indianapolis: Tough draw for WT, whose reward for making the playoffs is a road trip from the Texas Panhandle to Indy. Another immovable object/irresistible force game, Indianapolis allows the second fewest passing yards per game in Division II (142.9 yards per game), while West Texas A&M's 401 passing yards per game are the second most in Division II.
St. Cloud State at Henderson State: Congratulations on your undefeated regular season, Henderson State, but that won't earn you a first-round bye. St. Cloud State will need its fourth-best turnover margin (1.7 per game) to again come up big against Division II's top-ranked total, passing and scoring offense.