The news of earning the top seed in Super Region Four was not a surprise to Angelo State when the NCAA Division II bracket was revealed on Sunday. They were all but guaranteed the top spot in the region before defeating Midwestern State 37-19 on Saturday. However, the win was important for the Rams.
The victory secured the Rams first undefeated season since the 1978 campaign that ended with the NAIA national championship.
“We were talking about the history we’re making last week after we won the LSC title,” running back Nate Omayebu III said following the Rams win over MSU. “It means a lot to these guys that have put in so much work over the last few years, and losing in the third round last year was tough. We put our heads down and worked hard all offseason. I’m proud of our guys for making this happen.”
As a reward for being the top seed in the Super Region Four, ASU receives a bye and is guaranteed to host until they reach the semifinals. The Rams likely won’t have to leave the state of Texas during the playoffs as the nation’s No. 2 team is likely to host the semifinal, and the national title game is played at McKinney ISD Stadium.
“We’re in a situation where the bye week’s going to be good for us. We have some guys that are banged up, and (Midwestern State) was a very physical game,” Angelo State coach Jeff Girsch said. “We’ll get some of our young guys and scout team in some game situations. This bye week is a blessing to us.”
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