For the first time in school history, Tusculum College has earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs. The Pioneers are the No. 4 seed in Super Regional Two and will face fifth-seeded Albany State University this coming Saturday. Game time has yet to be announced.
The 24-team, four-region tournament field was announced Sunday on ESPN News.
Tusculum, who is riding a three-game winning streak, captured a share of its second South Atlantic Conference championship as the Pioneers defeated 15th-ranked Carson-Newman College, 45-44 in a thriller at Pioneer Field on Saturday.
Delta State University and the University of North Alabama earned the top two seeds, respectively. Both teams will receive a bye and host the regional semifinal round on their respective campuses on Nov. 22nd.
Defending national champion Valdosta State University is the No. 3 seed and will face sixth-seed Carson-Newman this Saturday in a first round contest.
The winner of the Tusculum/Albany State game will travel to top-seed Delta State, while North Alabama will get the winner of the Valdosta State/Carson-Newman contest.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Tusculum and Albany State on the gridiron. The Rams enter the postseason with a 7-3 overall record including Saturday’s 42-0 win over Miles College. Albany State is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).
Tickets are $10 each and all seats are general admission (no reserved seating). All students and youth ages 12 and under will be admitted for $5. All students must have a valid school ID card for admission.
Tickets go on sale at the stadium beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. No advance tickets sales and no passes of any kind will be accepted. All Tusculum season ticket holders and Pioneer Club members must purchase tickets to be admitted.
Tusculum College students will be admitted free, but must have a valid TC ID for admission.