ALBANY -- The Albany State University Golden Rams hold the No. 6 spot in the first NCAA Super Region Two Poll, released Sunday by the NCAA.
The ranking in the initial poll is significant because the top six teams from the four super regions will advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs, with the top two teams receiving first-round byes.
The rankings will be released each week until the end of the regular season through Nov. 7. Championship pairings will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 13.
The championship game will be played at Braly Municipal Stadium and hosted by North Alabama in Florence, Ala.
The Super Region Two includes teams from the SIAC, South Atlantic Conference, Gulf South Conference, as well as Division II independents North Greenville and UNC-Pembroke.
The Rams are the top-ranked team from the SIAC, where they are 4-1 and in position to win the SIAC title.
Teams from the Gulf South Conference claimed four of the top 10 spots, including the top three spots in the first poll.
The defending Division II national champions, Delta State University, which is 8-1 overall and 7-0 in regional play, claimed the No. 1 spot. Delta State defeated Albany State last year in the playoffs.
North Alabama, 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the region debuts in the poll at No. 2. Valdosta State University (6-2, 6-2) enters the poll at No. 3, and South Atlantic's Mars Hill College (6-2, 6-1) is the No. 4 team.
Independent North Greenville (6-2, 5-1) holds the No. 5 spot, and the Golden Rams (6-2 overall) claimed the No. 6 spot in the region.
Gulf South's West Alabama (6-2, 4-1) holds the No. 7 spot, while Morehouse College (6-2, 5-1) and Stillman College (6-2, 6-1), both SIAC teams, are No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Lenoir-Rhyne University (4-3, 4-2) rounds out the top 10 teams.