By Adam Cavalier
Carson-Newman football fell a spot to seventh in the second iteration of the region rankings, but would still be playoff bound if the season ended today.
The Eagles slipped to seventh after beating Limestone 69–28. C-N likely took a strength of schedule hit by playing the 2–6 Saints, which, coupled with a Valdosta State thrashing of regionally-ranked West Alabama 55–21, moved the Blazers up four spots from 10th to sixth.
The top seven teams in each super region make the playoffs. Unbeaten West Georgia is number one in the region followed by North Alabama, who swapped spots with Tuskegee, who holds an 8–1 record.
Catawba dropped a spot to fifth, as North Greenville got a strength of schedule boost by defeating Wingate, who was ranked seventh last week.
Following the Eagles in the rankings are Florida Tech, Wingate and UNC Pembroke. Florida Tech has a 5–2 Division II record. Wingate is 6–3 and UNC Pembroke 5–3.
The first place team in the region receives a first round bye in the playoffs, which begin Nov. 21. The two-seed hosts the seven, the three-seed the six, and the four-seed the five.
The last time Carson-Newman made the playoffs (2013), the Eagles debuted at seventh in the poll, dropped a spot to eighth and then vaulted to fourth with wins over Newberry and Wingate for the final iteration of the poll.