The first Division III football regional rankings are slated to be released by the NCAA on Nov. 1.
Remember that regional rankings primarily take Division III games into account. Teams will be listed with their Division III record first, followed by their overall record. For more information about the playoff format and how participants are determined, check out our FAQ.
How to use regional rankings: If you are an at-large candidate, you want to be sure you are the top at-large candidate in your region. That will ensure you get discussed by the national committee and have a chance to be put in the field.
There are 25 automatic bids, two Pool B bids (teams not in the 25 automatic bid conferences) and five Pool C (true national at-large) bids. Selection Sunday is Nov. 12.
Being listed in these rankings is not a guarantee of selection to the playoffs. There is no guarantee an at-large team will be taken from each region.