The Kentucky State football team has proved this season that it is not the pushover it has been in the past to the perennial teams in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
As evidence the Thorobreds sit atop the SIAC in first place with an unblemished 5-0 record.
And come Saturday, KSU (6-2, 5-0 SIAC) will host its first SIAC home game under the lights at Alumni Stadium against Miles College with aspirations to prove to the Division II voters that it belongs in the playoffs.
A conference championship will not give KSU an automatic bid to the playoffs. But convincing wins against Miles and its next two opponents - Fort Valley State and Tuskegee - will make the voters think twice before omitting the Thorobreds. The top four teams in each region make the playoffs, but KSU is currently ranked tenth.
The team believes in order to make the playoffs it will have to play its best ball of the season.
"Really, its all about the end of the season," senior linebacker Vernell Rogers said. "The best teams always come out at the end of the season when championships and titles are on the line. And coming toward the last three games of the season we'll hopefully show the voters that we deserve to go to the playoffs."
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