More than half the DII football season is in the books. Sure, there are plenty of familiar faces populating the Top 25, but for every constant that is Northwest Missouri State, there is an equally surprising team.

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The playoffs — and first regional rankings — are looming. It’s time to take a look at some of these surprises that are turning more and more into contenders each week.

No. 6 Indianapolis (7-0)

2016 finish: 6-5 | Projected conference finish: 4th | Preseason ranking: RV

The Greyhounds are building quite the impressive resumé heading into the final month. It all began on opening night, when freshman Al McKellar ran for 206 yards and a touchdown against preseason No. 2 Grand Valley State.

UIndy has the dubious honor of being part of the tough Super 3 Region, with teams funneling in from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Great American Conference as well. That’s some hefty competition, as the Greyhounds join six other ranked teams looking for a top seed in the region.