No. 2 Northwest Missouri State (10-0, 9-0 MIAA) at No. 19 Missouri Western (8-2, 7-2)
2:37 p.m., Spratt Stadium, St. Joseph, Mo.
Player to watch: Northwest junior DE Matt Longacre earned his second MIAA defensive athlete of the week honor for his performance against Emporia State last Saturday. The Millard West graduate recorded 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in the win.
Outlook: Northwest Missouri State can wrap up an outright MIAA title with a victory. The Bearcats have already secured a share of the crown, the 25th in the program’s history.
Sioux Falls (5-5, 3-3 NSIC) at Wayne State (2-8, 1-5)
1 p.m., Bob Cunningham Field, Wayne, Neb.
Player to watch: SS Austan Pomajzl is one of 11 seniors who will play their final game in a Wildcat uniform. Pomajzl has started all 44 games in his Wildcat career and last week moved into 10th place (311) on the all-time tackles list at Wayne State by recording 12 against Upper Iowa.
Outlook: A hard-luck season continued last week as the Wildcats lost their fifth game by seven points or less. WSC also remains winless at home at 0-5. Last season, Sioux Falls defeated the Wildcats 24-14.
Chadron State (8-2, 7-1 RMAC) at Colorado Mines (7-3, 6-2)
Noon, Harry D. Campbell Field, Golden, Colo.
Player to watch: Chadron State TB Glen Clinton, who has rushed for 1,424 yards and 13 TDs this season, is a regional semifinalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy.
Outlook: The Eagles haven’t won in Golden since 2007. Both offenses are explosive. Mines leads the nation in first downs with 298, while CSC is second with 278. The Eagles are the national leader in third-down conversions, converting 53 percent.
UNK (3-7, 3-5 MIAA) at Fort Hays State (5-5, 3-5)
2 p.m., Hays, Kan.
Player to watch: Sophomore Tyler McKeone will start at quarterback for the second time this year as UNK’s top four signal callers are out with injuries. In a 24-14 win over Lincoln on Oct. 19, McKeone ran 15 times for 87 yards and two TDs while completing five passes for 38 yards.
Injuries: Starting nose guard Jason Wilcox suffered an injury last Saturday against S.D. Mines and will not play this week. The only other Loper senior who will not be able to suit up for the season finale is WR/QB Matt Berry.
Outlook: This is UNK’s first trip to Hays in eight years. Last Saturday, FHSU led Central Missouri 27-0 before falling 48-34. That same Central Missouri squad beat UNK 56-0 two weeks ago. Hays has a balanced offensive led by sophomore QB Treveon Albert and a defense that has the third-most interceptions (16) in the MIAA. UNK hopes to counter with a ground game that ranks fourth in the MIAA (213.8 ypg) and a defense that is third in sacks (25).
Briar Cliff (4-6, 3-5 GPAC) at Concordia (6-4, 4-4)
1 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, Seward, Neb.
Player to watch: Concordia freshman Bruce Hicks got the nod at a starting cornerback spot last week and thrived while covering Dakota Wesleyan star receiver Anthony Muilenburg, who was held to four catches for 34 yards. Briar Cliff QB Alec Dutko will start after replacing an injured Kevin Van Egdom last week and leading the Chargers to a 32-23 victory over Doane. Dutko went 14 of 29 for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
Outlook: The Bulldogs are eager to end a four-game slide and send their 23 seniors out on a high note. The Bulldogs have won six straight in the series with the Chargers and are 8-2 overall. The Chargers are looking to equal their best record ever, set in 2006.
No. 19 Peru State (7-3, 5-3 HAAC) at No. 4 Baker (9-1, 7-1)
1 p.m., Liston Stadium, Baldwin City, Kan.
Players to watch: Peru State QB Tyler Audsley should return after being unable to play last week due to a knee sprain. He has 16 rushing touchdowns, which has moved him into third on the school’s single-season list. Fullback Ethan Bray has 11 rushing touchdowns and moved into a tie for seventh in a single season. He also has 1,204 yards rushing. Seniors Jake Kelley, Curtis Larsen, and Zach Lempka have more than 58 tackles each.
Outlook: The Bobcats will look to keep their playoff hopes alive. The past two seasons, Baker has owned the Bobcats, topping them 55-12 in 2011 and 34-13 in 2012.
Hastings (2-7, 1-7 GPAC) at Nebraska Wesleyan (5-4, 5-3)
1 p.m. Abel Stadium, Lincoln
Player to watch: NWU QB Tyler Francis had a career-high 359 passing yards last week and has already tied the school’s single-season record for completions.
Outlook: The old rivals will meet for the 100th time in the season finale for both teams. The past five meetings between the teams have been decided by seven points or less with neither team scoring more than 21. NWU exploded for more than 500 yards of total offense in a win over Midland last week, while the Broncos snapped their seven-game skid with a 66-21 win over Dordt.
Doane (5-4, 5-3 GPAC) at Morningside (8-1, 7-1)
1 p.m., Sioux City, Iowa
Player to watch: LB Jeremy Wallace leads the Tigers in tackles with 70, tackles for loss with 12.5 and sacks with 9.0.
Outlook: Morningside is expected to be without starting quarterback Ryan Kasdorf, who ranks fourth in the NAIA in passing, meaning the Mustangs’ ground game may be the focal point. Doane has one of the top rush defenses in the NAIA and will face a Morningside team averaging 266 yards rushing.
No. 13 Northwestern (7-2, 6-2 GPAC) at Midland (4-5, 3-5)
1 p.m., Memorial Field, Fremont, Neb.
Player to watch: Midland DB Dalton Jenkins has recorded an NAIA-best seven interceptions. He’s also tallied seven pass breakups and 36 tackles.
Outlook: The Warriors head into the regular-season finale with 3,340 yards of total offense. Midland’s attack has been balanced with 1,614 yards coming on the ground and 1,726 through the air.