CLEVELAND — It’s as simple as this: lose Saturday’s 1 p.m. showdown at Ouachita Baptist and it’s a wrap for Delta State.
And that’s a far cry from an earlier DSU squad who used their high-powered offense to outscore opponents at will. But two losses later - including a heartfelt 38-35 loss to Harding on homecoming and a 31-7 defeat last week against North Alabama - the playoff situation looks dicy for DSU.
The Statesmen (6-3, 5-2) find themselves on the outside looking in after they found out they were ranked No. 8 in the Super Regional II Poll, which was released Monday. Only the top six teams advance to the playoffs.
DSU may be down, but they’re not out. If they can win their final two games (Ouachita Baptist and Lambuth), the Statesmen will have a better shot at the playoffs.
Currently, DSU is tied for second place in the Gulf South Conference with Henderson State at 5-2. No. 10 Valdosta State holds the No. 1 spot with a 5-1 record.
DSU coach Ron Roberts said he can’t worry about how the other teams finish; his focus is solely on the Statesmen.
“No matter what happens we need to win these last two games and finish 8-3,” he said. “It’s not good to put your destiny in somebody else's hands.”