By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
The waiting game now starts.
Four HBCU Division II football teams - Tuskegee of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Winston-Salem State, Bowie State and Virginia State from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association await Sunday's 5 p.m. EST NCAA Division II Super Region Rankings announcement to see if they will make the NCAA Playoffs.
The top seven teams in each of the four Super Regions make the playoff field.
Only one - Tuskegee - had seemed to be a lock. The Golden Tigers, who didn't make the SIAC Championship Game as they were upset by Kentucky State, finished the regular season ranked sixth in Super Region II.
But Tuskegee needed a another game on their schedule after one of their games was cancelled earlier this season. The NCAA requires 10 games for playoff participants. That newly scheduled game came yesterday against Virginia State and resulted in their second loss of the season, 45-35. Tuskegee finishes the regular season with an 8-2 record.
Winston-Salem State (9-2), a team that won their final eight games to earn the CIAA championship, was ranked 10th in Super Region I. They defeated the ninth ranked team, Bowie State (7-4), in the CIAA title game Saturday.
Virginia State finished the season 9-2, but their losses came to Winston-Salem State and Bowie State.