LIVINGSTON, Ala. (UWA Athletics) - There are 28 NCAA Division II football teams still playing football. For the second straight year the University of West Alabama is one of them.
West Alabama earned its second straight berth into the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs on Sunday, its fifth since 2009. The Tigers are the No. 5 seed and will travel to Bowie, Maryland to take on the No. 4 seed Bowie State.
This is the first meeting between UWA and the Bulldogs. West Alabama is 8-3 and has won five of its last six games. Bowie State is 9-2 and has won nine of 10 games since losing its season opener.
"This continues to give validity to our program," UWA head coach Brett Gilliland said. "We expect to make the playoffs and this team has a little chip on its shoulder to make some waves.
"We don't know much about Bowie State, but we know they are a really good football team," Gilliland said. "We have some good momentum going right now and this team is wanting to not only prove it belongs, but can turn some heads."
Valdosta State (10-0) is the first seed in the Super 2 Region and awaits the UWA-Bowie State winner on Nov. 24 in Valdosta, Georgia. No. 2 West Georgia (10-1) will host No. 7 Wingate (8-3) and third-seed Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1) will host Florida Tech (8-3) in the first round.
West Alabama has already played four of the teams in the regional bracket this season, handing Lenoir-Rhyne its only loss and beating Florida Tech in Gulf South Conference action. The Tigers lost to top-seeded Valdosta State in week three and at No. 2 West Georgia by two points.
It says what we want it to say. It gives validity to our program. It’s one of our goals obviously every year to make the playoffs and our guys – we’ve got to the point where they expect to make the playoffs. And that’s, you know, that’s big for a program. That’s where we want to be and, you know, second year in a row we’re in the field of 28 so now it’s a new season. It’s time to go get it.