|Top Division II Matchups|
Who: Colorado Mines Orediggers at No. 11 Colorado St.-Pueblo Thunderwolves
Who: No. 21 New Haven Chargers at Southern Connecticut State Owls
Who: No. 14 Shepherd Rams at West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats
Who: No. 13 Valdosta State Blazers at Ouachita Baptist Tigers
Who: No. 7 Northwest Missouri State Bearcats at No. 19 Central Missouri Mules
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27 Rashaad Slowley
Key Notes: Slowley has burst onto the scene in his senior season, rushing for 15 touchdowns in the Owls’ first five games. That’s already five more than he had in 2010, as he leads the nation in the category and sits fifth in the country with 154.0 rushing yards per game. The senior moved into a tie for the top spot in Division II in scoring with an average of 19.2 points per game after a four-touchdown effort against Assumption. Slowley has already totaled 16 touchdowns for the Owls this season. SCSU takes on ranked New Haven on Friday night at home.
Other Players to Watch this Week: Joe Glendening, Hillsdale (Jr., RB); Micah Davis, Delta State (Sr., QB); Tyler Vanderzee, East Central (Sr., QB); Trevor Kennedy, Mercyhurst (Sr., WR); Jamar Howard, Central Missouri (Sr., WR); Jonas Celian, West Virginia Wesleyan (Jr., DL).
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• A week after dropping its first game of the season, No. 7 Northwest Missouri State gets right back into the thick of things with a trip to No. 19 Central Missouri. The 38-35 loss in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium to Pittsburg State snapped the Bearcats’ 49-game MIAA win streak. The Bearcats took last year’s meeting with the Mules 17-16 in Warrensburg, Mo. There should be some fireworks, as Northwest Missouri State is tops in the nation in points per game at 59.0. The Mules are allowing 427.0 yards per game of total offense.
• West Virginia Wesleyan is the only undefeated team remaining in the WVIAC, but the Bobcats are still only just receiving votes in the latest AFCA Division II poll. How can WVW get into the top 25? Well, it has a great shot this week when No. 14 Shepherd comes to town. The Rams are coming off their first loss of the season, a stunning setback at Concord at a week ago which snapped a seven-game winning streak in that series. Both teams were ranked in last season’s meeting, a 37-26 Shepherd win which handed the Bobcats their first loss of the season. Both teams rank well statistically, but one matchup to keep an eye on is the Ram’s 13th-ranked rushing attack against the top-ranked rushing defense in Division II. The Bobcats are allowing only 40.2 yards per game on the ground.
• In the Division II Game of the Week, it’s a battle in the mountains as Colorado Mines travels to No. 11 Colorado State-Pubelo in clash of RMAC teams. The ThunderWolves are looking to continue their home shutout streak, which stands at three consecutive games. The last time it allowed a point at home was during its 38‐24 loss to nationally‐ranked Nebraska‐Kearney on Oct. 16, 2010. In order for the stretch to continue, CSU-Pueblo will have to stop one of the top running backs in the nation — Dan Palmer. The junior is ranked 11th nationally in rushing with 117.8 yards per game.
• Losing Streak Watch: Will Lock Haven break its 36 game losing streak this weekend? It’s a possibility. The Bald Eagles have the longest active streak in any division of college football and they will travel to Clarion this weekend to take on a Golden Eagles team which is winless, dropping five consecutive games to start the season.
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