By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
Virginia State and Tuskegee are in while Winston-Salem State and Albany State are out.
The 24-team NCAA Division II Football Playoff field was announced Sunday afternoon and the winners of the two D-2 HBCU football conference championships played Saturday, Virginia State from the CIAA and Tuskegee from the SIAC, were selected for the playoffs, which starts on Saturday.
Virginia State, a third seed, hosts No. 6 seed Long Island University-Post, an 8-3 team that won the Northeast-10 championship 58-25 over American International last weekend. The Pioneers have won three in a row and seven of their last eight games - their only loss being a 27-24 defeat at the hands of American International on Oct. 25.
The winner of that game faces second-seeded and undefeated Bloomsburg in Super Region One.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Tuskegee hosts a tough match-up with sixth seed 9-2 West Georgia Saturday. The Wolves, a high-scoring team that has already beaten two SIAC teams in Miles and Clark Atlanta this year, has only lost to North Alabama and Valdosta State, the fourth and fifth seeded teams who face each other in the playoffs Saturday.
This is Tuskegee's second appearance in the Division II playoffs. Last year they lost a close game, 30-27, to North Alabama in the first round.
Delta State, the second-ranked team in Super Region Two, awaits the West Georgia-Tuskegee winner.
Not in the field for the first time in three years is 9-2 Winston-Salem State, which spent most of the year ranked as the top Division II HBCU team, but finishing with their first loss since week two, a tough 22-17 loss to Valdosta State.
Albany State also misses the playoffs after losing twice to Tuskegee this season and opening the season with a 38-10 loss to Valdosta State.