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2013 NCAA Division II football playoffs bracket, schedule released

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The Division II playoff bracket is out, with last year's champion missing out on the pool of play.

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The 2013 D2 football playoffs begin November 23 with eight games, with those winners advancing to play the seeds that have earned byes. The finalists will meet in Florence, AL, on December 21 for the national championship. Last year, Valdosta State downed Winston-Salem State, 35-7, to earn its third title since 2004.

This year, WSSU was declared the CIAA's representative once Virginia State was disqualified following a fight between players before their matchup.

The bracket:

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First Round (November 23)

Super Region 1

6. American International (9-2) at 3. West Chester (10-1)

5. Slippery Rock (9-2) at 4. Winston-Salem (9-1)

Super Region 2

6. Tuskegee (8-2) at 3. North Alabama (6-2)

5. Newberry (9-2) at 4. Carson-Newman (9-2)

Super Region 3

6. St. Cloud (10-1) at 3. Henderson State (10-0)

5. Emporia State (9-1) at 4. Minnesota-Duluth (10-1)

Super Region 4

6. West Texas A&M (9-2) at 3. Indianapolis (10-0)

5. Saginaw Valley (9-2) at 4. Grand Valley State (9-2)

Second Round (November 30)

Super Region 1

Game 1 -- Winner of American International/West Chester at No. 2 Bloomsburg (10-1)

Game 2 -- Winner of Slippery Rock/West Chester at No. 1 Shepherd (10-0)

Super Region 2

Game 1 -- Winner of Tuskegee/North Alabama at No. 2 UNC Pembroke (9-1)

Game 2 -- Winner of Newberry/Carson-Newman at No. 1 Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1)

Super Region 3

Game 1 -- Winner of St. Cloud/Henderson State at No. 2 Minnesota State (11-0)

Game 2 -- Winner of Emporia State/Minnesota-Duluth at No. 1 Northwest Missouri State (11-0)

Super Region 4

Game 1 -- Winner of West Texas A&M/Indianapolis at No. 2 Ohio Dominican (10-0)

Game 2 -- Winner of Saginaw Valley/Grand Valley State at No. 1 Colorado State-Pueblo (11-0)

Third Round (December 7)

Winner of Super Region 1 Game 1 vs. winner of Super Region 1 Game 2

Winner of Super Region 2 Game 1 vs. winner of Super Region 2 Game 2

Winner of Super Region 3 Game 1 vs. winner of Super Region 3 Game 2

Winner of Super Region 4 Game 1 vs. winner of Super Region 4 Game 2

Semifinals (December 14)

Winner of Super Region 1 vs. winner of Super Region 2

Winner of Super Region 3 vs. winner of Super Region 4

Championship (December 21)

Winner of Super Region 1/2 vs. winner of Super Region 3/4

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