CLEVELAND — Last week, Delta State found out that they were ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Super Regional II Poll. The problem was only the top six teams advance to the Division II playoffs.
But thanks to a 33-27 comeback victory over Ouachita Baptist last Saturday and a loss by formerly ranked No. 3 Catawba, the Statesmen are now at No. 5 in the poll and control their own destiny for a playoff berth.
A win for DSU (7-3, 6-2 GSC) at Lambuth Saturday would advance the Statesmen to the playoffs for the third time in four years under Roberts.
“(It’s) down to a one-game season,” Roberts said Monday before he heard the news of where his team was ranked. “It’s win or go home. If you don’t want to go home, yo have to take care of business.”
If both Valdosta State and North Alabama win this week, half of the six teams from the region will be from the Gulf South Conference.
Also, there is still a possibility that four GSC teams can end up in a tie for first place in the conference. DSU, Valdosta State, North Alabama and Henderson State all have a shot at the title — depending on this weekend’s results.
If there is a tie, conference officials will be responsible for selecting the automatic qualifier.
DSU will travel to face Lambuth for a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday. The game will be played at Trinity Christian Academy.