INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time since 2006, the Central Washington University football team will not be playing in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The Wildcats remained in eighth place in this week’s Super Regional Four poll. They needed to be ranked in the top six to earn a playoff berth.
Central Washington finished 8-3 overall and won their sixth GNAC conference title with Saturday’s 21-16 victory over Western Oregon.
Because the GNAC has only five football-playing members, the conference does not have an automatic berth in the playoffs.
Abilene Christian (11-0) and Texas A&M-Kingsville (10-1) earned first-round byes. Missouri Western State (8-3) will face Northwest Missouri State (9-1) in one first-round game, while West Texas A&M (8-3) will face Central Missouri (9-2) in the other first-round matchup.
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