The Washburn Ichabods received an at-large invitation to the 2007 NCAA National Football Championship Playoffs which will being Nov. 17. The Ichabods will take on West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas. The Buffs were the Lone Star Conference Champions for the third straight season with an 11-0 record.
Washburn is the No. 6 seeded team in the region while the Buffs are the No. 3 seeded squad. This season's appearance is the second in the last three years for the Ichabods.
Game times will be announced later as well as Ichabod travel plans.
Washburn finished the season with an 8-3 record and a second place finish in the MIAA standings.
Eight first-round games will be conducted on the campus of one of the competing institutions. In addition, two teams per region have earned first-round byes. The first-round winners will all advance to face a bye team in their region in the second round on the campus of one of the competing institutions. Second-round winners will meet in the quarterfinals at various campus sites. Quarterfinal winners will advance to play in the semifinals on the campus of one of the competing institutions. Six teams selected per region make up the field of 24 teams. The first-round dates, sites and pairings are:
November 17 at Ellensburg, Washington
Ashland University (8-1) vs. *Central Washington University (8-2)
November 17 at Grand Forks, North Dakota
Winona State University (10-1) vs. *University of North Dakota (9-1)
Southwest Region Games
November 17 at Abilene, Texas
Mesa State College (10-1) vs. *Abilene Christian University (9-2)
November 17 at Canyon, Texas
Washburn University (8-3) vs. *West Texas A&M University (11-0)
November 17 at Salisbury, North Carolina
Albany State University (Georgia) (8-2) vs. *Catawba College (10-1)
November 17 at Cleveland, Mississippi
Shaw University (8-3) vs. *Delta State University (9-1)
November 17 at New Haven, Connecticut
Bryant University (8-2) vs. *Southern Connecticut State University (8-3)
November 17 at West Chester, Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (8-2) vs. *West Chester University of Pennsylvania (9-2)
*Denotes Host Institution
The following institutions earned first-round byes in each region and also will host a second-round game on November 24, 2007.
1. University of Nebraska at Omaha (10-0)
2. Grand Valley State University (10-0)
1. Chadron State College (11-0)
2. Northwest Missouri State University (9-1)
1. Valdosta State University (9-1)
2. University of North Alabama (9-1)
1. California University of Pennsylvania (11-0)
2. Shepherd University (9-1)
All contests shall start at noon local time. Other times may be established if approved by the committee. Grand Valley State defeated Northwest Missouri State in the 2006 national championship game to claim the NCAA title. The championship game will be played December 15, at Noon Eastern time at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The 2007 championship will mark 22 consecutive years that the Division II championship game has been played in Florence. In addition, both semifinal games will be played on Saturday, December 8. Kick-off will be at either 11 a.m. Eastern time or 9 p.m. Eastern time and will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. The complete bracket follows.