Mo. Southern (5-2, 4-2 MIAA) at No. 2 NW Missouri St. (7-0, 6-0)
2 p.m., Bearcat Stadium, Maryville, Mo.
Player to watch: Junior LB Eric Reimer was the Bearcats’ top defensive player last week in a win over then-No. 7 Pitt State. Reimer had 12 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
Outlook: The Lions lead the MIAA in rushing through seven games, averaging 362.7 with 29 touchdowns. Northwest has the MIAA’s top-ranked defense, allowing 293.4 total yards per game. The Bearcats are second in the conference in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 94.9.
UNK (2-5, 2-4 MIAA) at Southwest Baptist (1-6, 1-5)
1 p.m. Bolivar, Mo.
Player to watch: UNK freshman QB Luke McNitt will make his third start and direct an offense that ranks sixth in the MIAA in rushing yards per game (209.1). McNitt is tied for the team lead in rushing scores (four) while going 15 of 33 in the air for 181 yards and one TD.
Injuries: UNK starting CB Yatta Kiles will miss multiple weeks with an injury suffered in practice. Senior Kenny Hill, who just returned from an injury, will shift back to corner after being a starting safety last week.
Outlook: UNK will make its first and last trip to Bolivar as SBU is leaving the MIAA in football after this season. The Bearcats are among the top passing teams (291.4) in the MIAA but are near the bottom in rushing offense, turnover margin and most defensive categories. The Lopers will look to continue to run the ball behind a strong offensive line and earn their first road win.
N.M. Highlands (2-5, 1-4 RMAC) at Chadron St. (5-2, 4-1)
Noon, Don Beebe Stadium, Chadron, Neb.
Player to watch: TB Glen Clinton, the RMAC offensive player of the week, rushed for 255 yards and three TDs in Chadron State’s 43-13 win at Black Hills State last week. He’s 377 yards shy of moving into second place on the career rushing chart.
Outlook: Chadron State’s offense has gained more than 700 yards in back-to-back games. New Mexico Highlands is allowing 555 yards of total offense per game.
Concordia-St. Paul (3-4, 0-3 NSIC) at Wayne St. (2-5, 1-2)
1 p.m., Bob Cunningham Field, Wayne, Neb.
Player to watch: Wayne State redshirt freshman QB Zach Osborn threw for a career-high 318 yards last week in a 45-41 loss at Winona State. He completed 24 of 51 passes with three touchdowns and one interception and is ranked sixth in the NSIC in passing yards per game (219.0) and ninth in total offense (218).
Outlook: Wayne State looks to rebound from last week’s heartbreaking 45-41 loss at Winona State in which the Wildcats gave up the game-winning score with just 54 seconds left. The Wildcats look to snap a five-game home skid dating back to September 2012. Last season, the Wildcats defeated Concordia-St. Paul in St. Paul 48-21.
No. 12 Peru St. (6-1, 4-1 HAAC) at Central Methodist (4-3, 3-2)
1 p.m., Davis Field, Fayette, Mo.
Players to watch: Peru State K Greg Conry hit his second straight game-winning field goal last Saturday. Senior FB Ethan Bray tied a school record with 252 rushing yards. He’s now third in the HAAC in rushing yards per game (116.1). DLs Zach Lempka and Shane Lloyd and DBs Cody Piotrowski and Jake Kelley have more than 40 total tackles with 10 others having double-digit totals.
Outlook: Peru State aims for its fourth straight win as it gets into the heart of its conference schedule. The Eagles are 11th in rushing per game (221.6) and 22nd in total offense (420.4). The Bobcats are fourth in rushing (302.0) and 26th in total offense (411.1). Something has to give, though, as Peru State is third in rushing defense per game (65.6) and 13th in total defense (308.1).
Doane (3-3, 3-2 GPAC) at No. 16 Concordia (6-1, 4-1)
1 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, Seward, Neb.
Player to watch: Concordia freshman FB Bryce Collins ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries last week. He’s likely to see the bulk of the carries against a Doane defense that ranks seventh in the NAIA against the run (107.3 yards allowed per game). Collins teams with fellow freshman Trey Barnes and junior QB Von Thomas on the GPAC’s fourth-rated rushing attack (202.6).
Outlook: A victory is critical in keeping the Bulldogs’ playoff hopes alive. A win would also give Concordia a sweep of its in-state GPAC rivals. The Tigers have won every meeting in the series since 2005 but are trying to stop a two-game losing skid.
Briar Cliff (3-4, 2-3 GPAC) at No. 1 Morningside (6-0, 5-0)
1 p.m., Elwood Olsen Stadium, Sioux City, Iowa
Players to watch: It’s all about the quarterbacks in this one. Briar Cliff’s Kevin Van Egdom has thrown for 1,514 yards and 12 touchdowns. His performance will need to be near flawless if the Chargers are to pull an upset. Morningside’s Ryan Kasdorf has completed 127 of his 182 pass attempts for 1,811 yards and 24 TDs while tossing only three interceptions.
Outlook: The Chargers have won three of their past four. The Mustangs have won each game by at least 25 points. They lead the nation in third-down conversions (57 percent), pass efficiency (192.8), first downs (31.7) and scoring offense (53.5). It will be a huge test for the Charger defense, which ranks 41st in scoring defense (27.6).
Dakota Wesleyan (4-3, 3-2 GPAC) at Midland (3-3, 2-3)
4 p.m., Memorial Field, Fremont, Neb.
Player to watch: Midland QB Mike Karls is coming off a career-best appearance, with 400 passing yards in last week’s 61-35 win over Hastings. He passed for four touchdowns and ran for two scores and 93 yards.