CARROLLTON, Ga. - In the second regional ranking of the 2019 season, the West Georgia Wolves jumped into the rankings, appearing in this week's poll ranked 10th in Super Region 2.
With three losses early in the season, the Wolves were not in the first regional ranking last week, which is the standard that is used by the NCAA National Committee to place teams in the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs. West Georgia has reached the playoffs in four of the past five years, including each of the first two seasons under head coach David Dean.
West Georgia moved to 6-3 overall on the season with a 35-21 victory over the Mississippi College Choctaws last weekend to jump into the rankings. The Choctaws came into that game ranked eighth in Super Region 2, but the Wolves replaced MC in this week's ranking.
This week's ranking sent shockwaves through the region, as Lenoir-Rhyne moved ahead of last week's top-ranked team in Super Region 2, the defending national champion Valdosta State Blazers. VSU checked in at second place in this week's rankings, ahead of Bowie State and Wingate. The top team in the region at the end of the regular season will receive a bye in the first round, with the next three set to host in that round on November 23. West Florida checks in at sixth, followed by Carson-Newman and Virginia State, closing out the seven that would make the tournament if the season ended on November 2.
The final three teams in this week's rankings are Virginia Union, followed by Albany State and West Georgia. The Wolves will be back in action this weekend on the road, taking on the Delta State Statesmen in Cleveland, Mississippi on Saturday at 3 p.m.