Football Earns First Division II Playoff Bid, First Round Bye
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the strength of its undefeated regular season and GLIAC championship, Ohio Dominican's football team earned the second seed in the NCAA Division II Playoffs, picking up a first round bye and the right to host a playoff game in Panther Field on Saturday, Nov. 30.
The Panthers are No. 2 in Super Region Four, trailing just Colorado State-Pueblo, which also garnered a first round bye. No. 3 Indianapolis will host No. 6 seed West Texas A&M, with the winner advancing to play the Panthers on Nov. 30.
Rounding out the region is No. 4 Grand Valley State, which will host No. 5 Saginaw Valley State in a rematch from yesterday's season finale.
The Panthers concluded the 2013 regular season with a 10-0 record (9-0 GLIAC) and are ranked No. 8 in both the AFCA and D2Football.com polls. ODU claimed its first GLIAC title after joining the league just four years ago and is making its first Division II playoff appearance since becoming active NCAA members in 2011.
ODU owns the longest win streak in all of Division II at 15 consecutive victories. The Panthers have outscored their opponents 629-244, winning by an average of 25.7 points per game.
This is the second postseason appearance the Panthers will be making in program history. In 2007, ODU reached the NAIA Quarterfinals and was ranked as high as third in the nation.
More details about the playoff game, including kick time and ticket information, will be posted on www.ohiodominicanpanthers.com this week.
Contact: Scott Miles