Two Texas Division II schools have qualified for the playoffs which start this weekend. Texas A&M Commerce and Midwestern State both from the Lone State Conference will be in the field of 32.
A&M Commerce (10-1) host Colorado Mesa (9-2) on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Commerce. The Lions won the Lone State on the last weekend of the season and are ranked 8th by the AFCA poll and 7th in D2Football.com's poll. Coach Colby Carthel has taken the Lions to unprecedented heights in his fourth year in Commerce. The Lions are in the playoff in consecutive seasons and host a playoff game for the first time since 1991. It's just their fifth bid in school history.
Meanwhile in Wichita Falls the Midwestern State Mustangs (8-2) are prepping for a trip to Big Rapids, Michigan and Ferris State (9-2) in the first round. They're ranked 22nd in the AFCA poll. Coach Bill Maskill is in his 17th year at MSU and he's the only coach to take the Mustangs to the Division II postseason. 2016 will mark the 7th time Maskill's teams have made the playoffs.
For what its worth, Midwestern State beat A&M Commerce 26-25 in a regular season thriller back in early October.