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College football: UMD slips to third in region

Apparently the Region Four football committee paid too much attention to Minnesota-Crookston outscoring Minnesota Duluth 7-6 in the second half and not the 56-0 first-half pounding the Bulldogs administered on Saturday since the committee dropped...

Apparently the Region Four football committee paid too much attention to Minnesota-Crookston outscoring Minnesota Duluth 7-6 in the second half and not the 56-0 first-half pounding the Bulldogs administered on Saturday since the committee dropped UMD two spots in Monday's latest region rankings.

The Bulldogs (9-0) are third, behind NSIC rival Minnesota State-Mankato (9-0) and Tarleton State (8-0), which leapfrogged UMD after beating highly ranked Midwestern State by a point in overtime Saturday.

The region rankings determine seeding for the NCAA Division II playoffs. Seven teams from Region Four qualify, with the top seed earning a first-round bye in the playoffs.

In the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, released Monday, Mankato was first and UMD remained fifth. Tarleton State is eighth.

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