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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.

The Schedule:

Region I
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)

Region II
No. 5 Newberry (9-2) at No. 4 Carson-Newman (9-2)
No. 6 Tuskegee (8-2) at No. 3 North Alabama (8-2)

Region III
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)

Region IV
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. 

 

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.