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Playoffs, Here We Come!

Playoffs, Here We Come!

2018 NCAA Division II Playoff Bracket

For the first time in eight years, the Hillsdale College football team has made the playoffs.

The Chargers, 9-2 this season, qualified as the No. 5 seed in Super Region 1, and will take on No. 4 seed Kutztown University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. This will be the first-ever meeting between these programs.

The 2018 postseason is the third all-time NCAA Division II playoff appearance for the Chargers, who previously qualified in 2009 and 2010. Hillsdale is 1-2 all-time in the NCAA Division II playoffs, defeating Minnesota State-Mankato in 2009, and losing to Grand Valley State (2009) and St. Cloud State (2010).

Notre Dame College received the No. 1 seed in Super Region 1 and gets a first-round bye. The 11-0 Falcons will host the winner of the Hillsdale-Kutztown game in a regional semifinal Saturday, Nov. 24 in South Euclid, Ohio. 

The other Super Region 1 matchups are: No. 7 Slippery Rock at No. 2 LIU-Post, and No. 6 New Haven at No. 3 West Chester. Hillsdale is the lone representative of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in this year's NCAA playoffs.

The Chargers captured the G-MAC regular season championship, going 8-0 in conference play. Over the past few weeks, the team moved from No. 7 to No. 5 in the regional rankings. As the final rankings were revealed Sunday night, the team's loss to 9-1 Indianapolis did not affect where it stood in the regional rankings. 

This is the first time Hillsdale will compete in Super Region 1. As a member of the GLIAC, the Chargers had been in the mix in Super Region 3. However, the move to the G-MAC meant the Chargers also changed which region they compete in for football playoff positioning. Super Region 3 extends east to include programs in states such as Ohio, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The four conferences making up Super Region 1 are the G-MAC, the Northeast-10, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and the Mountain East Conference.

Kutztown finished in second place in the PSAC East with a 5-1 conference record. The only loss the Golden Bears suffered in the regular season came against West Chester, the PSAC East champions.