BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins football team will enter this week’s game against Juniata with three rankings to its credit as the Blue Jays are fifth in the official NCAA South Regional Rankings, 20th in the AFCA Poll and 23rd in the D3football.com national rankings. The game against the Eagles on Saturday is the final regular season home game for Johns Hopkins.
The regional rankings are compiled by the official Regional Advisory Committee and are an accurate representation of where teams stand in the eyes of the NCAA Selection Committee that will put together the bracket for the upcoming NCAA Division III Football Playoffs. Johns Hopkins (7-1, 6-1 CC) can claim the Centennial Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs with wins in its final two games; Johns Hopkins is the only team in the league that controls its own destiny in the race for the automatic bid.
This is the first of two regional rankings that will be announced this season; the next will be issued on November 8.
The Blue Jays sit behind Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX), Hardin-Simmons (TX), Berry (GA) and Washington & Jefferson (PA) in the South Region rankings. Centre (KY), Case Western (OH), Franklin & Marshall (PA), Huntingdon (TN) and Westminster (PA) round out the top 10.
Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the top 25 by the AFCA throughout the season and for all but one week by D3football.com.
NCAA South Region Rankings (11-1-2017)
1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (8-0)
2. Hardin-Simmons (6-1)
3. Berry (9-0)
4. Washington & Jefferson (8-0)
5. Johns Hopkins (7-1)
6. Centre (7-1)
7. Case Western (8-0)
8. Franklin & Marshall (7-1)
9. Huntingdon (6-1)
10. Westminster (6-2)