CMU Football Mavericks to Play For RMAC Championship
The CMU football Mavericks this weekend will have a chance to win their first RMAC Championship since 2003.
The Mavericks will travel to Pueblo Saturday to face RMAC powerhouse CSU Pueblo in a game that will decide this year's conference champion, regardless of what happens in the final week of the season.
The game also has playoff implications. The Mavericks this week jumped ahead of CSU Pueblo in the NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings and now sit at #5. The top seven teams in the region will advance to the NCAA post-season tournament.
Both teams enter the contest with perfect 7-0 conference marks. The Mavericks have won seven straight since an overtime loss to Midwestern State in the second game of the season.
After knocking off 12th ranked Colorado Mines last weekend, the Mavs are ranked 16th in the nation, while the Thunderwolves hold down the #4 spot. It was the Mavericks first victory over a nationally ranked opponent since beating North Dakota in 2003.
Colorado Mesa has not won a football championship since the 2003 season when they won all eight of their conference games and finished with a record of 10-2.
This season has not been a fluke. The Mavs are ranked second in the conference in rushing offense and rushing defense. They are the number one ranked team in the RMAC for red zone defense, punt returns, and lead the league in interceptions with 18.
CMU has lost five straight games to Pueblo, which has risen to a place of RMAC dominance since reviving their football program in 2008. The Mavs last win over the Thunderwolves was a 21-13 victory in 2009.