November 7, 2005
Albany - The Albany State football team was looking forward to a week off after Saturday's 41-23 win over arch-rival Fort Valley State in the Fountain City Classic.
The Albany State win plus Valdosta State's loss to West Georgia would move the Rams from third to second in the NCAA's southeast region which would give Albany State a first round bye.
But in a story that should be on "Unsolved Mysteries", Albany State dropped a spot in the final southeast region rankings after their 18 point win over a Fort Valley State team that finished seventh in the final regional poll.
So, instead of getting two weeks to prepare for a playoff game, the Rams will be back on the field this Saturday when they will host Gulf South Conference champion Central Arkansas.
While the Rams aren't happy with the seeding process, they can show the selection committee they made a mistake by their play on the field.
ASU head coach Mike White said "We have got enough distractions as it is. We want to focus on Central Arkansas and get ready for them."
Senior defensive end Franklin Turner said "The show must go on and we must go out and perform and get the job done on Saturday."
Albany State running back Antwan Andrews is the co-offensive player of the week in the SIAC. Tackle Ron Simmons is the lineman of the week and linebacker Roderick Cummings is the newcomer of the week.
Saturday's game with Central Arkansas starts at noon at the Albany Municipal Coliseum.
The winner will play at Presbyterian in the second round.
Presbyterian quarterback Zac Ellis from Tifton was named the South Atlantic Conference's offensive player of the week for the third week in a row.