Tarleton State inched forward another spot in the national football rankings this week.
The Texans are No. 13 in both the AFCA and the D2Football.com polls, released Tuesday.
Tarleton was No. 14 last week and survived a tough road trip to Texas A&M Kingsville with a 31-21 win. It was the first victory in school history in Kingsville.
Another Lone Star Conference battle made a bigger impact on the rankings.
West Texas A&M knocked off Midwestern State 25-20 in Wichita Falls. WTAMU is still No. 10 in the AFCA rankings and No. 9 in the D2Football list. Midwestern fell from No. 12 to No. 16 and from No. 12 to No. 17, respectively.
Abilene Christian blew past Northeastern State 58-7 to move up one spot to No. 14 in the coaches' poll. The media tabs ACU as No. 15.
The LSC has more schools in the top 25 than any other conference in the nation with four. The North Central, Gulf South, Pennsylvania State Athletic, and South Atlantic conferences all have three each.
Saturday's clash between Tarleton and Midwestern will have a resounding effect on the standings in the South Division, the rankings for the Southwest region and the national polls.
While the Texans are listed ahead of the Mustangs on the national lists, Midwestern is tabbed No. 5 in the region and Tarleton No. 6. The top six in the final poll will advance to the regional bracket of the national playoffs. Tarleton hosts the battle at 7 p.m. in Stephenville.