Blue Hawks, Beavers make playoffs

Two Dakota Athletic Conference football teams were selected for the NAIA playoffs.

Now comes the hard part.

DAC co-champions Dickinson State (7-3) and Minot State (8-2) were among the 16 teams selected for the postseason. And their reward? Road games against the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country.

Dickinson State, ranked No. 17 in the final regular-season poll, is heading to No. 2 Carroll (Mont.) for a rematch of last year’s opening-round game, won by the Saints 35-18.

Minot State, ranked No. 14 in the final poll, is headed to No. 1-ranked, defending national champion Sioux Falls (S.D.). The Cougars, you may remember, beat North Dakota in Grand Forks earlier this year.