No. 2 Northwest Missouri St. (6-0, 5-0) vs. No. 7 Pittsburg St. (6-0, 5-0)
3 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Player to watch: Northwest senior QB Trevor Adams leads the nation in pass efficiency with a rating of 199.8. He’s fourth in Bearcat history with 55 touchdown passes.
Outlook: Twelfth installment of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead, with Bearcats holding an 8-3 edge. The all-time series is tied 23-23.
Lincoln University (1-5, 0-5 MIAA) at UNK (1-5, 1-4)
1 p.m. at Foster Field, Kearney, Neb.
Injuries: UNK is still minus QB Bronson Marsh, QB/WR Sam Brauer, WR Matt Berry, WR Noah Housh, C Cody Wheeler, RB Dalton Sealey and S Jack Douglas. CBs Traysean Alexander and Kenny Hill return to bolster an improving defense.
Player to watch: Lincoln RB Morris Henderson ranks among MIAA leaders with 100 yards rushing per game with seven TDs. He also has returned a kick 103 yards for six points. UNK ranks seventh in the league in rushing defense, allowing 161.2 yards per game.
Outlook: First and last visit by the Blue Tigers, who are leaving the MIAA after this season. Last October in Jefferson City, Mo., Lincoln earned its first MIAA win since 1989 when it beat the Lopers 34-27. UNK hopes to take advantage of Lincoln’s rush defense, which is allowing 277 yards per game and has given up 23 rushing TDs.
Wayne State (2-4, 1-1 NSIC) at Winona State (4-2, 2-0)
2:30 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Stadium, Winona, Minn.
Player to watch: Wayne State RB Charlie Davidson had his fourth 100-yard game last Saturday with 138 yards. Davidson has 718 yards with six TDs and ranks sixth in the NSIC in rushing yards per game (119.7) and eighth in all-purpose yards (126.8).
Outlook: Wayne looks to rebound from last Saturday’s 55-16 setback to Southwest Minnesota State. Winona State has won four straight while averaging 52 points. Winona State features the third-best offense in the NSIC, averaging 488.2 yards per game. Last season, Winona State rallied with 10 fourth-quarter points to edge Wayne 17-13.
Chadron State (4-2, 3-1 RMAC) at Black Hills State (0-5, 0-3)
4 p.m. MDT at Lyle Hare Stadium, Spearfish, S.D.
Player to watch: WR Nathan Ross needs one TD reception to become Chadron State’s all-time leader in that category. He’s tied with two others with 22.
Outlook: CSC owns a 53-14-2 advantage in the series, the school’s second longest next to UNK.
No. 14 Concordia (6-0, 4-0 GPAC) at Northwestern (3-2, 2-2)
1 p.m. at De Valois Stadium, Orange City, Iowa
Player to watch: Concordia CB Derek Blessing intercepted a pair of passes in last week’s victory to earn GPAC defensive player of the week honors. Blessing and the Bulldog secondary will be tested by quarterback Davis Bloemendaal, who has racked up 1,174 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. Blessing will try to contain Bloemendaal’s favorite target, junior receiver Ben Green (529 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns). Concordia has the nation’s second-ranked pass defense, allowing 125.5 yards per game.
Outlook: Northwestern won nine straight in the series until the Bulldogs pulled off a 17-16 upset of the then-No. 11 Red Raiders last year in Seward. This year fortunes have been reversed: Concordia is unbeaten and ranked 14th while Northwestern is unranked with two conference losses.
Nebraska Wesleyan (3-3, 3-2 GPAC) vs. Dordt (2-4, 0-4)
1 p.m. at Abel Stadium, Lincoln
Player to watch: Junior DL Phil Latimer has nine tackles for loss in the past three weeks to lead the Prairie Wolves’ defense. Latimer has 28.0 TFL in 24 career games.
Outlook: Wesleyan looks to bounce back after a loss at nationally ranked Concordia. The Prairie Wolves’ stingy rush defense will be tested by the Dordt option ground attack that ranks 10th in the NAIA.
Midland (2-3, 1-3) at Hastings (1-5, 0-5)
1 p.m. Lloyd Wilson Field, Hastings, Neb.
Player to watch: QB Mike Karls has been solid for the Warriors, passing for 809 yards and four touchdowns. He also leads Midland with 242 rushing yards. LB Erik Wylie leads Hastings with 62 tackles.
Outlook: Both teams look to end slumps and stay away from the bottom of the GPAC standings. Warriors have forced six fumbles and five interceptions in five games.
No. 1 Morningside (5-0, 4-0 GPAC) at Dakota Wesleyan (4-2, 3-1)
1 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field, Mitchell, S.D.
Players to watch: Tigers will challenge Morningside with several dangerous offensive weapons. Francois Barnaud is the nation’s leading rusher, receiver Anthony Muilenburg is this week’s GPAC offensive player of the week, and Jon Bane is the GPAC’s most experienced quarterback as a four-year starter.
Outlook: Mustangs could face their most difficult test of the season. Dakota Wesleyan is riding a three-game winning streak and is fresh off a 31-20 win at Doane that knocked the Tigers out of the national rankings. Morningside hopes to neutralize the Tigers’ offensive weapons with a defense that leads the nation against the pass and is third nationally in fewest points and yards allowed.
Briar Cliff (2-4, 2-3 GPAC) at Dakota State (2-5)
1 p.m. at Madison, S.D.
Player to watch: Briar Cliff QB Kevin Van Egdom has thrown for 1,255 yards and 10 touchdowns. He faces a stingy DSU pass defense.
Culver Stockton (0-6, 0-4 HAAC) vs. No. 16 Peru State (5-1, 3-1)
1 p.m. at Jug Brown Stadium, Falls City, Neb.
Players to watch: LB Shane Lloyd keyed the Bobcats’ win last week over MidAmerica Nazarene, forcing a fumble in the second overtime. He’s tied for second in the NAIA with 0.7 fumbles forced per game. Peru’s Greg Conry earned the HAAC’s special teams player of the week honor for his two field goals, one in each overtime.
Outlook: Bobcats won’t look past the winless Wildcats, who had opportunities to win in all four conference losses. Peru co-defensive coordinator Chuck Mizerski will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame at halftime along with former Southeast player Brad Smith.