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FOOTBALL: Beavers vault up to No. 4 in final Super Region Four rankings

The Beavers moved up three spots from last week and were ranked No. 4 in Super Region Four with the final release of the regional rankings. Should that ranking hold by Sunday’s selection show, BSU would host a first-round NCAA Tournament game for the first time in program history.

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Bemidji State senior Brendan Beaulieu (19) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against Northern State on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Chet Anderson Stadium.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team has made a giant leap.

The Beavers moved up three spots from last week and were ranked No. 4 in Super Region Four with the final release of the regional rankings on Monday.

Should that ranking hold by Sunday’s selection show, BSU would host a first-round NCAA Tournament game for the first time in program history.

Bemidji State leapfrogged a trio of teams to their latest spot, supplanting Winona State, Sioux Falls and Wayne State.

Angelo State and Colorado School of Mines again pulled down the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, respectively, while Minnesota State moved up a spot to No. 3.

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After the Beavers came No. 5 Winona State, No. 6 Wayne State, No. 7 Sioux Falls, No. 8 Colorado State Pueblo, No. 9 Minnesota Duluth and No. 10 Augustana.

Winona State’s tumble is perhaps the surprise of the bunch, as the Warriors dropped two spots despite a 45-7 win over Upper Iowa.

BSU has one game left on the regular-season schedule -- a road matchup with U-Mary at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Bismarck, N.D.

Bemidji State would certainly secure its postseason placement with a win over the Marauders -- as well as the NSIC North Division championship and a share of the NSIC overall championship.

The Beavers are 2-2 this season against this week’s regionally ranked teams, losing to Minnesota State and Augustana but defeating Winona State and Minnesota Duluth. BSU most recently topped Northern State 24-14 on Saturday, Nov. 5, for its eighth straight win.

The top seven teams will earn berths to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, online at www.ncaa.com.

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